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62-Year-Old Dies After Genetically Modified Pig Kidney Transplant

Surgeon with organ donation container | Image by Shutterstock/Robert Kneschke
Surgeon with organ donation container | Image by Shutterstock/Robert Kneschke

Fox News is reporting that the 62-year-old man who became the first person to receive a genetically modified pig kidney has died:

“The transplant team at the hospital said in a statement it was deeply saddened by [Richard] Slayman’s death and offered condolences to his family. The hospital said there was no indication he died because of the transplant.

“Slayman was the first living person to undergo the procedure, but pig kidneys had previously been temporarily transplanted into brain-dead donors. Two men received heart transplants from pigs, but both died within months.”

To read The Dallas Express coverage on the procedure, please click HERE.

To read the Fox News article, click HERE.

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