Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore successfully removed a healthy donor kidney laparoscopically through a small incision in the back of the donor’s vagina.

This is believed to be the first time such a procedure has been performed to remove a healthy donor kidney.

The surgery, which left only three pea-size scars on the patient’s abdomen (one hidden in the navel), took about three and a half hours, according to a Johns Hopkins press release.

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