First Living Recipient of Pig Kidney Transplant Discharged

April 5, 2024
On April 3, Mass General published a press release with a statement from the patient

According to an April 3 press release, Rick Slayman, the world's first living recipient of a genetically-edited pig kidney transplant, was discharged from Massachusetts General Hospital.

On March 22, we reported on the success of the transplant.

Slayman issued the following statement, “This moment – leaving the hospital today with one of the cleanest bills of health I’ve had in a long time – is one I wished would come for many years. Now, it’s a reality and one of the happiest moments of my life. I want to thank everyone at Massachusetts General Hospital who cared for me before and after my historic transplant, especially Dr. Williams, Dr. Riella, Dr. Kawai, and the countless nurses who looked after me every day of my stay. The care I received was exceptional and I trust physicians of the Mass General Brigham health system with my life. I’m excited to resume spending time with my family, friends, and loved ones free from the burden of dialysis that has affected my quality of life for many years. Lastly, I want to thank anyone who has seen my story and sent well-wishes, especially patients waiting for a kidney transplant. Today marks a new beginning not just for me, but for them, as well. My recovery is progressing smoothly and I ask for privacy at this time.”

Mass General has the press release.

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