62-year-old patient dies after pig kidney transplant

A 62-year-old patient transplanted with a genetically modified pig kidney at a hospital in the US died about 2 months after the operation.

Richard Slayman, 62, the first patient to receive a genetically modified pig kidney transplant at a hospital in Boston, USA, died about 2 months after the operation.


Massachusetts General Hospital said in a statement that there was no indication that the death of Slayman, who underwent the world’s first pig kidney transplant, was caused by the operation. It was reported that doctors transplanted a genetically modified pig kidney into Slayman on March 16, and that the patient’s condition was improving and was expected to be discharged soon.


Xenotransplantation, the transplantation of animal cells, tissues or organs into humans awaiting transplant donation, was tested in May 2022, when two brain-dead patients received temporary kidney transplants from pigs.


David Bennett, 57, who was transplanted with a pig heart for the first time on January 7, 2022 in a hospital in Maryland, USA, died 2 months after the operation. In the same hospital, a second pig-to-human heart transplant surgery was performed on September 20, 2023, and 58-year-old Lawrence Faucette died 6 weeks after the operation.

Source: Anadolu Ajansı

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