Faucette was about to die of heart failure, as other health problems made him ineligible for a traditional transplant.
Lawrence Faucette, the second person to receive a genetically modified pig heart, died on Monday, the University of Maryland Hospital (USA) reported.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Lawrence Faucette, the 58-year-old patient with terminal heart disease,” read a statement issued by the hospital, explaining that Faucette had committed significant improvement after his operation, which is carried out in physical therapy. .and spend time with family members, but his heart began to show signs of rejection in recent days. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, the patient eventually died.
“He was a man who always thought of others, especially me and his two children,” said his wife, Ann Faucette, who recalled that on the last night before his death, her husband was lying in his bed and worried about himself. sister is already sleeping.
Faucette was about to die of heart failure, as other health problems made him ineligible for a traditional transplant. In this context, on September 20, surgeons at the University of Maryland hospital transplanted the organ, thus becoming the second operation of this type in the world, after the same group that performed the first one in 2022.
The first person to receive a pig heart transplant died 2 months after the operation.