In the United States, we performed the world’s first surgery to transplant a kidney from a genetically engineered pig into a brain dead body.
According to the New York Times (NYT) on the 20th (local time), the University of Alabama medical staff led by Dr. Jamie Locke removed two kidneys from the body of Jim Parsons (57), a man who was brain-dead in a car accident on September 30 last year. They removed it and transplanted a kidney from a genetically engineered pig.
Twenty-three minutes after transplantation, pig kidneys began to produce urine and functioned normally for 77 hours thereafter. Neither of them had any human rejection. In addition, the brain dead who underwent the operation were not infected with the pig virus, and no pig cells were detected in their blood.
On the third day of surgery, the transplant recipient’s body had a clotting disorder, causing excessive bleeding, and the patient died after the kidney was removed.
“The Parsons family will be proud that their death can bring hope to others,” the Parsons family said in an interview.
The New York Times reported that this operation was the first result of a kidney transplantation study published in the Journal of the American Society of Transplantation (AJT), which passed peer review.
Previously, in October of last year, New York University Langon Health medical staff successfully transplanted a pig kidney outside the body. At that time, two kidneys of the transplant recipient were left intact, and one pig kidney was connected externally. This kidney was functioning normally for 54 hours.