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Kidney Transplant First Performed on December 23rd 1953

The first successful kidney transplant was performed on December 23, 1953 by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

The patient was a 44-year-old man named Richard Herrick, who had been suffering from chronic kidney disease for several years. He received a kidney from his identical twin brother, Ronald Herrick who had a healthy kidney that was compatible with his brother's body.

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It's not clear exactly how long the first kidney transplant took, as information about the specific details of the procedure are not widely available. However, kidney transplant surgery typically takes several hours to complete. The surgery involves removing the donor kidney and placing it into the recipient's body, either in the lower abdomen or in the pelvis. The recipient's blood vessels and urinary tract are then connected to the donor kidney, and the donor kidney is connected to the recipient's bladder.The entire procedure usually takes several hours to complete, depending on the specific details of the case and any complications that may arise. After the surgery, the recipient typically spends a few days in the hospital recovering before being released to go home.


This operation was a success and the patient's kidney function improved significantly after the transplant. Dr. Murray continued to work on organ transplantation throughout his career, and he made numerous contributions to the field. He developed new techniques for preserving organs during transplantation, and he also worked on developing immuno suppressive drugs that could be used to prevent rejection of transplanted organs.

In 1990, Dr. Murray was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering work on organ transplantation. He passed away on November 26, 2012 at the age of 93.

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