BOSTON (NEWnet/AP) — The first recipient of a genetically modified pig kidney transplant has died, nearly two months after he underwent the procedure.

Richard “Rick” Slayman underwent the transplant procedure in March at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

The transplant team at Massachusetts General Hospital said it is deeply saddened by Slayman's passing and offered condolences to his family. They said they have no indication he died as a result of the transplant.

The Weymouth, Massachusetts, man was the first living person to have the procedure.

Slayman's family thanked doctors.

“Their enormous efforts leading the xenotransplant gave our family seven more weeks with Rick, and our memories made during that time will remain in our minds and hearts,” they said.

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