Pig kidney transplant recipient dies – NBC Boston

A Massachusetts man who received the world’s first genetically modified pig kidney transplant has died, his family announced Saturday.

Richard Slayman of Weymouth was released from Massachusetts General Hospital last month after the procedure.

“Our family is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our beloved Rick, but deeply comforted to know that he inspired so many,” Slayman’s family said in a statement. “Millions of people around the world know Rick’s story. We felt — and still feel — the hope he gave to patients waiting so long for a transplant.”

The hospital said Slayman’s death was “deeply saddened”, adding that there was “no indication that it was a result of his recent transplant”.

“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 desire to advance the field of xenotransplantation,” Massachusetts General Hospital said. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Slayman’s family and loved ones as they remember an extraordinary man whose generosity and kindness touched all who knew him.”

Slayman’s family thanked the hospital and medical team, who “did everything they could to give Rick a second chance.”

“Their tremendous efforts led to the xenotransplant, and our family got seven more weeks with Rick, during which time our memories will be in our minds and hearts,” his family said.

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