About the successful transplant of two pig kidneys into brain dead patient

• 57-year-old brain dead Jim Parsons received two pig kidney in a successful transplant which marked another step in the decades long quest to use animal organs for transplants.

• Parsons was declared officially deceased by doctors after he suffered a traumatic head injury in September which left him brain dead.

• It has been states by doctors that both the pig kidneys filtered blood and produced urine and remained viable for three days after the transplant. • Earlier this month the first ever animal to human transplant took place with David Bennett becoming the first patient in the world to get a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig.

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