Man, 62, in Boston is given a PIG’S kidney just days after Chinese doctors transplanted liver from hog into 50-year-old patient, in twin medical breakthroughs

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Animal to human transplant science took a major step forward this week after surgeons transplanted a kidney and a liver from pigs into humans.

In Boston, an ailing 62-year-old man received a genetically-altered kidney from a pig in a world first.

The new organ began to produce urine almost immediately, doctors at Mass General said, and the patient is already walking the hospital’s halls. He may soon be discharged.

At the same time in China, a 50-year-old man became the first person to receive a genetically-engineered liver from a pig — which was kept in his body for ten days.

Both breakthroughs could offer hope for new ways to supply hospitals with organs for transplants, as the waiting list runs into years. 

Surgeons in the US have successfully transplanted a pig kidney into a human for the first time

How did it work? This graphic shows the process from pig embryo to attaching the organ to a human patient. The patient in Boston received a genetically-altered pig kidney

How did it work? This graphic shows the process from pig embryo to attaching the organ to a human patient. The patient in Boston received a genetically-altered pig kidney

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