Pig kidney works in human patient in 'potential miracle'

In this September 25, 2021, image courtesy of NYU Langone Health, the surgical team examines the genetically engineered pig kidney for signs of rejection. PHOTO/AFP

What you need to know:

  • The surgery, carried out on September 25, involved a genetically modified donor animal and a brain dead patient on a ventilator. 

A US medical team has succeeded in temporarily attaching a pig's kidney to a person, a transplant breakthrough hailed as a "potential miracle" by the surgeon who led the procedure.

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