Kidney of genetically modified pig successfully transplanted to human in US

Source : 112 Ukraine

The technique can revolutionize the organ transplant system
16:24, 21 October 2021

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In the United States, the kidney of a genetically modified pig has been successfully transplanted into a human, MedicineNet reports.

"A kidney grown in a genetically altered pig functioned normally after being attached to a human patient during a groundbreaking procedure performed by U.S. doctors," the statement reads.

The operation was performed in September at NYU Langone Health in New York involving a brain-dead patient. She was planned to be disconnected from the life support system, so relatives allowed to conduct the experiment.

The experiment has lasted for 3 days, during which time the pig's kidney, attached to the blood vessels of the patient's leg, showed normal functioning.

It is noted that if the technique continues to be successful, it will revolutionize the system of organ transplantation.

In Ukraine, about 5,000 people need organ transplants every year. Since 2019, this area, which has been in decline since Ukraine's independence, has been developing. Thus, in 2019, the Verkhovna Rada passed a law on transplantation, which unblocked organ transplants. As a result, there are about 50 hospitals in Ukraine that deal with organ transplants.

As it was reported earlier, the draft law on the State Budget of Ukraine for 2022 envisages UAH 789.5 million ($30 million) for organ and tissue transplantation. The Ministry of Health also announced that it plans to increase the number of transplant operations.

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