Recipient of Historic Pig Kidney Transplant Passes Away After Two Months

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Recipient of historic pig kidney transplant passes away after two months. Explore the legacy and impact of this groundbreaking medical procedure

The man who underwent the first pig kidney transplant, Richard “Rick” Slayman, sadly passed away two months after the groundbreaking surgery, as confirmed by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where the procedure took place. While Mr. Slayman had been battling end-stage kidney disease, diabetes, and hypertension, his death was not attributed to the transplant itself.

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Despite previous failures with organ transplants from genetically modified pigs, Mr. Slayman’s operation was viewed as a significant milestone. Following the procedure in March, he no longer required dialysis, indicating initial success. MGH expressed deep sorrow over his sudden passing and extended condolences to his family.

Mr. Slayman’s relatives emphasized his inspirational impact and his desire to offer hope to others in need of transplants. They remembered him as a compassionate individual with a sharp sense of humor and unwavering dedication to loved ones.

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Although Mr. Slayman’s case marked the first pig kidney transplant, pig organs have been utilized in other transplant attempts, including two heart transplants. Unfortunately, those procedures were unsuccessful, with recipients passing away shortly afterward, highlighting the ongoing challenges in xenotransplantation.

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