The First Person to Receive a Pig Kidney Transplant Has Died

Richard “Rick” Slayman, the first person to receive a kidney from a genetically modified pig, has died almost two months after the transplant. He was 62.

The historic procedure was carried out on March 16 at Massachusetts General Hospital. In a statement released on May 11, the hospital said it had “no indication” that Slayman’s death was the result of the pig kidney transplant.

Slayman had previously received a kidney from a human donor in 2018, but it began to fail in 2023. He was a candidate for another human kidney transplant, but because of a shortage of available organs, he would have likely waited years

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