Surgeons at the New York University Langone Health in September 2021 carried out a successful kidney transplant from a genetically modified pig to a human being and found that it functioned perfectly.
According to The New York Times, the operation carried out on a brain-dead patient monitored for 54 hours showed that the kidney was able to normally perform its functions of filtering urine without being rejected by the body.
While commenting on the subject, RX Radio’s Fatboy said that it is good news to know that pigs can now donate organs to human beings. However he asked Olive, his co-host, as to whether she thinks the public will be open to accepting organs from animals, specifically pigs.
In her response she said: “When it comes to saving life, a person will take any given alternative as long as they are assured of survival. I think that our muslim brothers and sisters are also allowed to utilize available options under extreme circumstances."
Olive stated that if this technology reaches Uganda, It will save patients from spending flamboyant amounts of money to go for organ transplants in countries with advanced healthcare systems such as India. She reportedly said that Ugandan doctors who refer patients to these countries too, get commissions on every referred patient.
Fatboy, while recognising the surplus number of pigs Uganda has, proposed that doctors be sent to the U.S for studies concerning the use of this technology so as to save the lives of Ugandans.
“Apparently, 400,000 Ugandans have kidney problems with only 500 able to access medical care. Whereas the first kidney transplant was done 50 years ago, Uganda is yet to carry out its first,” Dr. Joseph Ogavu Gyagenda, a kidney specialist told the Daily Monitor yesterday.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy and Olive Najjuma every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio.
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