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Richard Slayman who received genetically modified pig kidney transplant dies – Igbere TV


The first man to undergo a genetically modified pig kidney transplant has died two months after the operation.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), which performed the procedure in March, announced Sunday, May 12, that Richard “Rick” Slayman, 62, has passed away.

They said there was no evidence his death was a result of the transplant.

Transplants of other organs from genetically modified pigs have failed in the past, but the operation on Mr Slayman, who suffered from end-stage kidney disease, was hailed as a historic milestone.

In addition to kidney disease, Mr. Slayman also suffered from type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

In 2018, he underwent a human kidney transplant, but it began to fail after five years.

After his pig kidney transplant on March 16, his doctors confirmed he no longer needed dialysis after the new organ was said to be functioning 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 trust and willingness to advance the field of xenotransplantation,” MGH said in a statement.

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

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

Mr. Slayman’s relatives said his story was an inspiration.

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

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

“To us, Rick was a kind-hearted man with a sharp sense of humor who was deeply committed to his family, friends and colleagues,” she added.

While Mr. Slayman received the first pig kidney transplanted into a human, this is not the first pig organ used in a transplant procedure.

Two other patients underwent pig heart transplants, but those procedures were unsuccessful as the recipients died a few weeks later.

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

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