Guwahati: Science recently took an incredible step to medical history by temporarily attaching a pig's kidney to a human body, resulting in massive success.
In surgery in NYU Langone Health in New York City, a team of doctors headed by Dr Robert Mongomery performed a medical surgery that planned to temporarily attach a pig's kidney to a human body. The pig used for the surgery had a change in tissues to avoid the quick rejection by the human body.
According to sources, the patient used for this experimental surgery was a brain-dead patient with kidney failure. The new kidney, supposedly of a pig was attached to the patient's blood vessels and kept outside for 3 days for possible examination.
There was no evidence of early rejection of the new kidney in the host's body and said to be functioning as normal.
According to Dr Robert Mongomery and his team, removing pig genes like sugar molecule or glycan called alpha-gal prevented the rejection by the host.
According to Dr Mongomery, who himself had heart surgery added that there will be many more such surgeries in the future, which will mainly focus on severely ill patients. Also, the successful surgery was only a result of days, he added that there will be more challenges and possibilities in future.
Medical professionals and researchers have been working on finding ways to supplement animal organs for the human body, but the quick rejection by the human body was the biggest hurdle to pass. The success of this surgery marks a historical day for the coming medical generations.