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World’s First Pig-to-Human Kidney Transplant Patient Dies

"To us, Rick was a kind-hearted man with a quick-witted sense of humour who was fiercely dedicated to his family, friends, and co-workers," the family said.

A 62-year-old man, Richard Slayman, who made medical history by undergoing the world’s first pig-to-human kidney transplant, has sadly passed away.

Massachusetts General Hospital, where the groundbreaking surgery took place, has stated that there is no indication that his death was caused by the procedure.

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Following Richard Slayman’s death, his family released a statement expressing their sadness and reflecting on his impact. They mentioned how Richard’s story has inspired millions of people worldwide and provided hope to those desperately waiting for a transplant.

“To us, Rick was a kind-hearted man with a quick-witted sense of humour who was fiercely dedicated to his family, friends, and co-workers,” the family said.

They expressed their gratitude towards the care team at Massachusetts General Hospital and Mass General Brigham, particularly Dr Williams, Dr Kawai, and Dr Riella, for their tireless efforts in giving Richard a second chance at life.

The family acknowledged that the xenotransplant procedure extended Richard’s life by seven more weeks, allowing them to create cherished memories during that time. They expressed their gratitude for the care and support provided by the medical team.

Richard Slayman, who suffered from end-stage kidney disease, chose to undergo the pig-to-human kidney transplant to offer hope to the thousands of people in need of a transplant to survive.

His decision was driven by a desire to make a difference and inspire others facing similar medical challenges.

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Speaking after the transplant, Richard emphasised the importance of providing hope to those waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

He believed that his experience could bring attention to the critical need for organ donors and potentially open doors for further advancements in transplantation medicine.

The groundbreaking surgery performed on Richard Slayman marked a significant milestone in medical science. While his passing is undoubtedly a loss, his legacy as a trailblaser in the field of transplantation will continue to inspire and drive progress in the future.

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Elize Coetzee for SurgeZirc SA
Elize Coetzee for SurgeZirc SAhttps://new.surgezirc.co.za
Elize Coetzee, a seasoned journalist, is the driving force behind SurgeZirc SA’s world news and world politics coverage. With an unwavering commitment to truth, Elize delves into global affairs, providing live updates, in-depth investigations, and thought-provoking analysis. Whether it’s geopolitical tensions, international diplomacy, or breaking stories, Elize’s incisive reporting keeps readers informed and engaged.
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