Death of recipient of first genetically modified pig kidney transplant

Death of recipient of first genetically modified pig kidney transplant
Death of recipient of first genetically modified pig kidney transplant

It was a small medical miracle. Richard Slayman, the very first living patient to receive a genetically modified pig kidney transplant, has died, the hospital that treated him announced this Saturday.

“Mass General is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Mr. Rick Slayman. We have no indication that this is a consequence of his recent transplant,” Massachusetts General Hospital, located in Boston, said in a statement. The patient, aged 62, received his transplant there last March.

“Seven more weeks”

The medical team’s “incredible efforts” “gave our family seven more weeks with Rick, and the memories we made during that time will forever remain in our heads and hearts,” the family said. patient in a press release taken up by ABC.

“I saw this as a way not only to help me, but also to give hope to thousands of people who need a transplant to survive,” Richard Slayman explained during his convalescence. Surgeons estimated that the transplant could last at least two years, recalls ABC.

Kidneys from genetically modified pigs had already been transplanted and functioned in brain-dead humans. Living patients have also previously received a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig, but then died. These genetic modifications are carried out in order to reduce the risk of rejection.

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