First Living Human with Pig Kidney Dies Months After Transplant

USA: Rick Slayman, 62, has died months after becoming the world’s first living recipient of a genetically edited pig kidney transplant, hailed as a medical achievement.

He received the kidney at Massachusetts General Hospital in March after he had been diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease last year. The hospital emphasized there was no sign his death was a result of the kidney transplant.

He was discharged from the hospital in April 2024. After the surgery, doctors said they believed the new kidney could last years but acknowledged there are many unknowns in animal-to-human transplants.

Massachusetts General Hospital in the formal statement said…

“The Mass General transplant team is deeply saddened at the sudden passing of Mr. Rick Slayman,” the hospital said in a statement on Saturday. “We have no indication that it was the result of his recent transplant.”

“Mr. Slayman will forever be seen as a beacon of hope to countless transplant patients worldwide and we are deeply grateful for his trust and willingness to advance the field of xenotransplantation.”

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Slayman’s family and loved ones as they remember an extraordinary person whose generosity and kindness touched all who knew him.”

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