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Pig heart recipient’s ‘last wish’ was to help doctors learn from procedure, dying man said: ‘We will miss him’

Lawrence Faucette, the recipient of the world’s second genetically modified pig heart transplant, has died nearly six weeks after the surgery, as announced by the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) on Tuesday.

The 20-year Navy veteran and married father of two was 58 years old.

Faucette, who suffered from end-stage heart disease, had the experimental surgery on Sept. 20 at UMMC after receiving emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“The family thanks the staff at the University of Maryland Medical Center for the care given to Larry and the support given to family members through their many days.”

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Melissa Rudy is health editor and a member of the lifestyle team at Fox News Digital. 

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