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Ayatollah Sistani: Pig kidney transplant permissible

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Iraq's most prominent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has declared that human patients can receive kidney transplants from pigs.

Asked whether a pig kidney transplant is allowed under Islam, Ayatollah Sistani responded that it is permissible.

The remark comes days after a U.S. man with a life-threatening disease received a heart from a genetically modified pig in a groundbreaking eight-hour surgery.

The 57-year-old patient has been doing well after the operation on Friday.

The breakthrough has been giving hope to a very large number of patients with failing organs worldwide amid an acute shortage of organs available for transplantation.

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