3 Kids Get Kidney Transplants Without Needing Immune Suppressing Drugs

3 Kids Get Kidney Transplants Without Needing Immune Suppressing Drugs

3 Kids Get Kidney Transplants Without Needing Immune Suppressing Drugs

Three children with a rare genetic disease required kidney transplants, and using a unique transplant technique, doctors successfully replaced the children’s kidneys without the need for immune-suppressing drugs.

Normally, after receiving a transplant, organ recipients must take immunosuppressants for the rest of their lives to prevent the immune system of organ rejection. This puts organ recipients at increased risk of infections and cancer, and even then the immunosuppressants do not eliminate the risk that the body will eventually reject the organ.