The reason why the terrible business of organ trafficking works so much is that there is a lack of organs in the world when it comes to transplants. An individual can require one for several reasons but seldom do they find a transplant candidate. In these cases, there have been deaths also. Now doctors in the United States have just come up with a solution. Are you sure you’ll be able to handle it? Let’s find out.
No Organ No Problem— Get A Pig
In New York recently doctors used a pig’s kidney as a transplanted organ in a human. These surgeons performed this for the first time, with the consent of the patient. Before this, there has been no pairing of human and animal organs. You must be wondering— did it even work?
Unfortunately and fortunately, yes it did! It started working immediately.
How Did It Happen?
This kidney transplant took place in NYU Langone Health hospital. The surgeons attached the kidney to the blood vessels in the leg of a brain-dead patient on a ventilator. From there they observed that the organ began working “almost immediately.”
As per reports, the organ was observed for two days. Often in such surgeries, there is a chance that the body rejects the new organ. However, it appears human bodies are more susceptible to pig kidneys than we’d imagined. Keep in mind, the kidney wasn’t fully implanted. The surgeons made a connection to the patient’s circulatory system to observe the result.
The Lead Doctor’s Experience
The whole procedure was undertaken by Dr. Robert Montgomery, the director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute. Being the lead doctor, there was a lot of pressure on him. However, success was written in the stars. Montgomery stated that, “successfully connecting the pig organ to the human blood vessels is a promising sign that it will work in a transplant scenario.”
What makes this experience even more surprising was how soon it started to work. According to Montgomery, organs from dead donors take weeks or days to start working. This pig kidney, however, started working immediately.
Will It Work Everywhere?
As Montgomery said, this might change the transplant experience for many. However, will this strategy of implanting pig’s body parts work everywhere? We doubt it. Muslims especially will have a hard time allowing a pig’s body part to be implanted in them. What do you think?
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