By Ivan Maltsev
According to Reuters, the operation was performed on a patient with diagnosed brain death, which was connected to a life support device.
For the first time, American surgeons performed a kidney transplant operation grown in the body of a genetically modified pig. Reuters reported this.
According to him, doctors at the Langone Medical Center at the University of New York performed a kidney transplant, which, even after three days, was not rejected by the body and functioned normally. This was facilitated by the genetic modification of the donor, thanks to which there were no tissues in the organ that could cause its rejection.
According to the agency, the operation was performed on a patient with diagnosed brain death who was connected to a life support device. The kidney was connected to the circulatory system. As stated by surgeon Robert Montgomery, its functioning “looked quite normal,” the organ carried out an effective purification of the body from urea, resulting in the patient’s creatinine level returned to normal.
In the United States, more than 90 thousand people are currently on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. The waiting time for the operation can reach three to five years. According to Montgomery, the experiment will allow for a couple of years to conduct tests on patients with the last stage of renal failure. “For many of these patients, the mortality rate is comparable to some cancer patients, and we don’t think twice about using new drugs and conducting new trials for cancer patients if it can give them a few more days of life,” the surgeon said.