Rick Sleiman, the recipient of the world’s first pig kidney transplant, is set to leave Massachusetts General Hospital and return home to Weymouth nearly two weeks after the operation. Sleiman expressed his excitement and gratitude for the care he received from doctors and nurses, saying he looks forward to spending time with family and friends without the burden of dialysis, which has affected his quality of life for years.

At the time of the transplant on March 21, Sleiman was battling end-stage kidney disease, as well as type 2 diabetes and hypertension. An initial human kidney transplant in 2018 failed, leading to a groundbreaking pig kidney transplant. Massachusetts General Hospital said the pig kidney was from eGenesis in Cambridge and had been genetically engineered to remove harmful pig genes while adding certain human genes to improve compatibility.

Sleiman’s recovery from the operation is going smoothly and he expressed his gratitude for the well wishes he has received, especially from fellow kidney transplant patients. He described this moment as a new beginning not only for himself but also for others in similar situations who may benefit from this pioneering medical treatment.

By Samantha Johnson

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