Thursday, January 20

A patient in the US receives the first transplant in the history of a genetically modified pig heart


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Surgeon Bartley Griffith pictured with patient David Bennett in early January.

Image source, University of Maryland School of Medicine

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Surgeon Bartley Griffith pictured with patient David Bennett in early January.

An American became the first person in the world to receive a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig.

The patient, identified as David Bennett, is doing well three days after the seven-hour experimental procedure performed in Baltimore, according to doctors.

The transplant was seen as the last hope of saving Bennett’s life., although it is not yet clear what their chances of long-term survival are.

“It was either dying or doing this transplant,” explained 57-year-old Bennet a day before the surgery.


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