On May 11, Richard Slayman, the first living recipient of a pig kidney transplant, died. The death occurred two months after the intervention.

As we previously published, on 21 March Massachusetts General Hospital announced the success of the first organ transplant from a pig kidney to a living human being. This procedure was possible thanks to the genetic modification of the organ, using CRISPR-Cas 9 technology, and a 4-hour surgery.

The patient stated that undergoing this procedure was “to provide hope for the thousands of people who need a transplant to survive”.

This xenotransplantation represented a significant advance in this field, since, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, more than 100,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ for transplant and 17 people die every day waiting for an organ.

After announcing Slayman’s death, doctors said that “we have no indication that it was the result of his recent transplant”.

The family has stated that “his legacy will be one that inspires patients, researchers, and health care professionals everywhere”.

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