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

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

“Mr. Slayman will forever be a beacon of hope for countless transplant patients around the world, and we are deeply grateful for his trust and willingness to advance the field of xenotransplantation,” Massachusetts General Hospital said. “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 thanked the hospital and medical team “who really went above and beyond to give Rick a second chance.”

“Your tremendous effort in completing the xenotransplantation gave our family seven more weeks with Rick, and the memories we made during that time will remain in our minds and hearts,” his family said.

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