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World’s 1st Recipient Of Genetically-Modified Pig Kidney Passes Away 2 Months After Transplant

The world's first recipient of a genetically-modified pig kidney has passed away two months after the transplant. The 62-year-old man, Richard Slayman, had end-stage kidney disease, and underwent a four-hour-long kidney transplant on March 16, 2024, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The successful surgery gave hope to patients and doctors that xenotransplantation, which is the transplant of organs or tissues from one species to another, could be a potential solution to the global organ shortage.  According to Massachusetts General Hospital, Slayman's family said in a statement that one of the reasons he underwent the surgery was to provide hope for the thousands of people who need a transplant to survive.  ALSO READ | How Effective Is Neur...