canada africa partner reservation American man who received a modified pig kidney transplant for the first time dies

American man who received a modified pig kidney transplant for the first time dies

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Almost two months after the operation, the first patient in the world with a transplanted pig kidney has died.

In March, Massachusetts General Hospital transplanted the genetically modified pig kidney into Rick Slayman, a 62-year-old man suffering from end-stage renal disease.

The operation was a milestone in xenotransplantation, the transplantation of organs or tissues from one species to another – as a possible solution to the global organ shortage, the hospital said at the time. Slayman’s death was not related to the transplant, the hospital said Saturday.

“Our family is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our beloved Rick, but comforted by the knowledge that he inspired so many,” his family said.

Slayman’s family paid tribute to the medical team who cared for him.

“Their tremendous efforts leading to the xenotransplant gave our family seven more weeks with Rick, and the memories we made during that time will remain in our minds and hearts.”

The kidney came from a pig that had been genetically edited to remove harmful pig genes and add certain human genes to improve compatibility with humans. Scientists also inactivated endogenous porcine retroviruses in the pig donor to eliminate any risk of infection in humans.

The hospital said it was “deeply saddened” by Slayman’s death.

“We have no indication that this was the result of his recent transplant,” it said.

“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.”