Grandma who got first pig kidney transplant and mechanical heart dies | US News


Lisa Pisano, who was the first to successfully receive a pig kidney transplant with a heat pump, died on Sunday (Picture: AP)

A grandmother who was the first to receive a combined pig kidney and mechanical heart pump transplant has died three months after the innovative pair of surgeries.

Lisa Pisano successfully had both surgeries in April and appeared to be recovering, but her health took a turn and she died on Sunday, her surgeon announced.

Doctors had to remove the pig kidney 47 days after the procedures as her heart medications damaged the organ.

Pisano was put back on dialysis and continued to use the heart pump, but eventually went into hospice care, stated NYU Langone transplant surgeon Dr. Robert Montgomery on Tuesday.

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