He Got a Pig Kidney Transplant. Now Doctors Need to Keep It Working

Richard Slayman made history on March 16 by becoming the first living person to receive a genetically edited pig kidney. This week, the 62-year-old Massachusetts resident reached another milestone by being discharged from the hospital after his groundbreaking procedure. Now comes the hard part: making sure his transplanted organ keeps working.

Slayman was on dialysis for end-stage kidney disease when he underwent the four-hour surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He said getting to leave the hospital was “one of the happiest moments” of his life, according to a statement released by the hospital. Now, he’s recovering at home. “I’m excited to resume spending time with

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