Granny Who Recieved First Ever Pig’s Heart Pump and Kidney Dies After Complications

Lisa Pisano, a 54-year-old woman who received a combined mechanical heart pump and gene-edited pig kidney transplant, has died, according to NYU Langone Health, the hospital that performed the surgeries.

The pioneering patient had been suffering from heart and kidney failure and was ineligible for a human transplant.

Pisano underwent the surgeries in April, receiving an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) on April 4 and a genetically engineered pig kidney transplant on April 12.

However, 47 days after the transplant, doctors removed the pig kidney due to issues with blood flow.

Despite her passing, Dr. Robert Montgomery, director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute, hailed Pisano’s contributions to medicine and xenotransplantation as “cannot be overstated.”

He praised her courage and good nature, saying her legacy will live on.

Pisano’s journey began when she was diagnosed with heart failure and end-stage kidney disease, requiring routine dialysis.

She told CBS News that before the surgeries, she was unable to perform everyday tasks such as climbing stairs, driving, or playing with her grandkids.

After the procedures, Pisano reported feeling “great today compared to other days.”

Her case marked only the second time a gene-edited pig kidney had been transplanted into a living person.

The waiting list for transplants in the United States is significant, with around 104,000 people awaiting a transplant, with over 80% of those patients waiting for a kidney.

Furthermore, nearly 808,000 people are suffering from end-stage kidney disease, but only about 27,000 received transplants last year.

Pisano’s pioneering efforts have paved the way for further research into xenotransplantation and its potential to improve patient outcomes. Her legacy will continue to inspire future medical breakthroughs.