Man Who Received World’s First Pig Heart Transplant Dies

The world’s first individual to obtain a heart transplantation from a pig died two months after the breakthrough procedure, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Man Who Received World’s First Pig Heart Transplant Dies

Doctors confirmed that David Bennett’s condition had been deteriorating for several days before his death, albeit the cause of death has yet to be determined.

Bennett, 57, had the operation in January after being diagnosed with terminal cardiac illness, and his family had already understood that this was a “shot in the dark” and the “last choice” for saving his life.

“We are grateful for every innovative moment, every crazy dream, every sleepless night that went into this historic effort,” following his father’s death, David Bennett Jr. issued this statement.

“This organ transplant demonstrated for the first time that a genetically-modified animal heart can function like a human heart without immediate rejection by the body,” at the time of the surgery, doctors at the Maryland facility noted.

The transplant was regarded as a “breakthrough surgery” that puts society “one step closer to solving the organ shortage crisis” by the medical expert who executed it.

Past efforts at such transplants were unsuccessful mostly because the recipients’ bodies repelled the animal organ. The operation in Maryland was unique in that the pig was genetically engineered to eliminate the animal’s genes in order for the body to accept the organ.

Bennett had initially been able to use the pig heart, and the hospital had posted a video of him enjoying the Super Bowl from his hospital bed in February.

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  1. The Book ‘Frankenstein’ was written by Mary Shelley NOT to support the perverted, maniacal, work of modern medicine but to condemn it for the doctor murdering her mother with the incidental puerperal infection received during Mary’s birth. After 200 yrs medical induced human infections are STILL as much as 1/3rd of all deaths according to the AMA. Go figure:
    puerperal [pu-er´per-al]
    pertaining to a puerpera or to the puerperium.
    puerperal fever an infectious, sometimes fatal, disease of childbirth; until the mid-19th century, this dreaded, then-mysterious illness could sweep through a hospital maternity ward and kill most of the new mothers. Today strict aseptic hospital techniques have made the condition uncommon in most parts of the world, except in unusual circumstances such as illegally induced abortion. Called also puerperal sepsis and childbed fever.
    Modern hospital/medical acquired infections are, considering vaccines included, are probably now the LEADING cause of human death.
    Oh well!

  2. and even going way back in our time machine, circa 1960’s, we have Adelle Davis citing studies on VIT E of natural origin able to repair and eliminate visible scar tissue in very healthy individuals (considered impossible). …. so we see, once again, there is no incentive to ‘I am the LORD that healeth thee’ – – but to slice & dice is the preferred alternative . ref. ‘Let’s Get Well !’ by A.Davis if memory serves. …… …. shalom, al jenkins

  3. Indefinitely long, highly satisfying life for all is not far in the future, as is life outside of earth. But also , reproduction will take a hit due to the evolution of virtual sex.

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