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Surgeon transplants a pig's kidney into a brain-dead human in groundbreaking surgery | USA TODAY

Surgeon transplants a pig's kidney into a brain-dead human in groundbreaking surgery | USA TODAY

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Robert Montgomery, a New York transplant surgeon, conducted a successful surgery that transplanted a pig's kidney into a brain-dead human. RELATED: Thousands of young women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year https://youtu.be/P9mtVLL7s7w Pigs, whose organs are about the right size and can be bred easily and quickly, offer a promising alternative for organ transplants. But before tying a person's fate to a pig's organ, Montgomery, head of the Transplant Institute at NYU Langone Health, wanted to prove that the procedure wouldn't trigger an immediate immune attack. Jumping the species barrier is perilous. In 1984, after years of study, Leonard Bailey, a transplant surgeon at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California, thought he had overcome the immune system's rapid rejectio...