Man who received first kidney transplant from pig dies

The first man to receive a kidney transplant from a genetically modified pig has died two months after the operation, the hospital that performed the procedure said.

Richard “Rick” Slayman, 62, suffered from end-stage kidney disease before surgery in March.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) said Sunday that his death was unrelated to the transplant.

Other genetically modified pig organ transplants have failed in the past, but Mr. Slayman’s operation was hailed as a historic milestone.

In addition to kidney disease, Slayman also suffered from type 2 diabetes and hypertension. In 2018, he underwent a human kidney transplant, but it began to fail after five years.

After the pig’s kidney transplant on March 16, doctors confirmed that he no longer needs dialysis because the new organ is said to be working well.

“Mr. Slayman will forever be seen as a beacon of hope for countless transplant patients around the world, and we are deeply grateful for his faith and commitment to advancing xenotransplantation,” MGH said in a statement.

Xenotransplantation is the transfer of living cells, tissues or organs from one species to another.

MGH said it was “deeply saddened” by his sudden death and offered its condolences to the family.

Slayman’s relatives said his story is inspirational.

“Rick said one of the reasons he underwent the procedure was to give hope to the thousands of people who need a transplant to survive,” they said.

“Rick achieved his goals and his hope and optimism will live on forever.

“To us, Rick was a kind-hearted man with a quick sense of humor and fierce devotion to his family, friends and colleagues. ,” they added.
\ n Although Mr. Slayman received the first pig kidney transplanted into a human, it is not the first pig organ used in a transplant procedure.

Two other patients received pig heart transplants, but this was unsuccessful as the recipients died after a few weeks.

In one case, there were signs that the patient’s immune system had rejected the organ, a common risk in organ transplants..

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