The experiment of transplanting kidneys from pigs to the human body has been a success for a team of American doctors. It is considered a major breakthrough in medical science. This may lead to an end to the shortage of organ donors, according to doctors.
According to the BBC, the BBC reported that the kidney of the pig was already infected and the patient who had it removed was already brain dead. The kidney of the patient on life support was also being damaged. His family gave their consent for the doctors to begin the surgery.
The surgery was performed by doctors at Langone Medical Center at New York University. It took approximately two and a quarter hours. They had previously changed the gene in a pig. The human body doesn’t immediately reject the new gene when it is replaced.
Researchers attached the kidney to a blood vessel located near the upper portion of the patient’s leg and monitored it through rocker experiments for three days.
Robert Montgomery, a transplant surgeon, was the leader of the study. He said that the new kidney started to function immediately after the transplant. Excretion of excessive amounts of urine in the human kidneys can be expected. He stated that the initial kidney transplantation observations for mammals other than humans did not reveal any signs of severe resistance.
Physicians should not exclude any gene that produces sugars from the pig’s genetic structure. The US FDA granted permission to breed the modified gene pig. Later, they transplanted a kidney taken from the body.
American doctors have not published the new study in a peer-reviewed medical journal. They have plans to publish it. Experts say that this is the most advanced medical test.