3 kids receive kidney transplants without need for immune-suppressing drugs


Three children with a rare genetic disease needed kidney transplants, and by using a unique transplantation technique, doctors successfully replaced the kids’ kidneys without the need for any immune-suppressing drugs.

Typically, after receiving a transplant, organ recipients must take immunosuppressive drugs for the rest of their lives, in order to prevent the immune system from rejecting the organ. This places organ recipients at an increased risk for infections and cancer, and even then, the immunosuppressants don’t eliminate the risk that the body will eventually reject the organ anyway.