US Doctor Successfully implant Pig Heart in Human

US Doctor Successfully implant Pig Heart in Human

US Doctor and Surgeons have successfully implanted a heart from a genetic pig in a 57-year-old man, a medical first that one day help solves the hope-less shortage of organ donations.

The historical procedure took place Friday, Monday, at the University of Maryland Medical School. While the patient's diagnosis is far from certain, it represents a significant milestone for animal-to-human transplantation.

The patient, David Bennett, had been considered ineligible for a human transplant. A commitment is often taken when the recipient has feeble underlying health.

He is now carefully monitored and recovering from determining how the new organ works.

The Maryland resident said before the surgery.

"It was either die or do the transplants. I want to live more. I know it's a blind shot in the dark, but it's was my last choice,"

Bennett, who has spent the last many months bedridden on a heart-lung bypass machine,

He added:

"I am looking forward to getting out of bed after I recover from the transplant."

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The FDA granted emergency authorization for New Year's Eve surgery as a last-ditch effort for a patient unsuitable for a traditional transplant.

Bartley Griffith, who surgically transplanted the pig heart said 

"This was a break-through surgery and brings us one step closer to solving the shortage crisis of organ,"

"We are proceeding very cautiously, but we are also positive that this first-in-the-world surgery will provide an important new choice for patients in the future."

He said.

"The successful plan provided valuable information to help the medical community improve this potentially life-saving policy in future patients,"

Pig heart valves are broadly used in humans, and pigskin is grafted on human burn victims.

Pigs make the ideal donors because of their size, rapid growth and large litters, and the fact they are already raised as a food source.

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