Recipient of Pig Kidney and Heart Pump Dies

Recipient of Pig Kidney and Heart Pump Dies

Lisa Pisano, the second patient ever to receive a kidney from a gene-edited pig, has died. Pisano underwent the transplant, along with the implantation of a device to keep her heart beating, at NYU Langone Health in April. Initially, she showed signs of recovery, but complications arose when the pig kidney was damaged by her heart medications, necessitating its removal and her return to dialysis. Pisano subsequently entered hospice care and passed away on Sunday.

The surgeries were part of ongoing research aimed at addressing the shortage of transplantable organs in the U.S. Similar procedures have been conducted, including the University of Maryland's transplantation of pig hearts into two men, both of whom died within months. Researchers are now looking to initiate formal clinical trials with patients in less critical condition to further explore the viability of using gene-edited pig organs for human transplants.

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