China News network on January 21 Us doctors have successfully transplanted two gene-edited pig kidneys into brain-dead patients, demonstrating the potential of xenotransplantation in tackling the global organ shortage crisis, according to a study published recently.
In September 2021, Jim & Middot, an American man in his 50s, were found dead. Jim Parsons was brain-dead after suffering a head injury while racing off-road. With the support of his family, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham performed the groundbreaking transplant four days later. Two pig kidneys have survived for more than 3 days.
Jamie MIDdot, director of the Comprehensive Transplant Institute in the Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and lead surgeon for the study; 'This is an important moment in the history of medicine, a major milestone in the field of xenotransplantation,' said Jayme Locke, a professor of xenotransplantation at the University of California, Los Angeles.
It was previously reported that the University of Maryland had successfully transplanted a pig heart into a heart patient in the world's first transplant.