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 takes great comfort in knowing that he inspired so many,” Slayman’s family said in a statement. “Millions of people around the world have come to know Rick’s story. We felt – and still feel – comforted by the optimism he brought to patients who were desperately waiting for a transplant.”

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

“Mr. Slayman will always be considered a beacon of hope for countless transplant patients around the world and we are deeply grateful for his confidence and drive to advance the field of xenotransplantation,” General Hospital said. of Massachusetts. “We extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Slayman’s family and loved ones as they remember an extraordinary person whose generosity and kindness touched all who knew him.”

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

“Their enormous efforts to successfully complete the xenotransplantation gave our family seven additional weeks with Rick, and the memories created during this time will remain in our minds and hearts,” his family said.

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