By Glen S. Ramos
MARYLAND, USA – The University of Maryland School of Medicine on Friday, (January 7, 2022), had successfully conducted a heart transplant using a pig’s heart into patient David Bennett, 57 years old from Baltimore in the last-ditch effort to save his life.
Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center said that the patient is doing well three days after the experimental surgery.
“Although it is too soon to say that the operation is successful, it marks a step in the decades-long quest to one day uses animal organs for life-saving transplants.”
“The transplant showed that a heart from a genetically modified animal can function in the human body without immediate rejection,” they added.
“It was either die or do this transplant. I want to live,” Bennett said a day before the surgery, according to a statement provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “I know it’s a shot in the dark, but it’s my last choice.”