“It just looked like any transplant I’ve ever done from a living donor.
“A lot of kidneys from deceased people don’t work right away and take days or weeks to start. This worked immediately.”
The surgery was carried out on a brain-dead patient who had shown signs of kidney failure.
The patient’s family consented to the experimental surgery before she was due to be taken off life support.
NYU’s team of surgeons attached the pig kidney to the patient’s blood vessels and kept it outside of her body for three days.
During this time, the woman’s immune system did not reject the transplant and her high creatinine levels, which indicate kidney disease, returned to normal.