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Man In US Receives Genetically Modified Pig Heart In A First Of Its Kind Transplant

The man, David Bennet, was suffering from terminal heart disease and was not eligible for conventional heart transplant.

A 57-year old man in the United States has received a transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) faculty at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), together known as the University of Maryland Medicine. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bartley Griffith.

“This was a breakthrough surgery and brings us one step closer to solving the organ shortage crisis. There are simply not enough donor human hearts available to meet the long list of potential recipients,” said Dr. Griffith on the official website of University of Maryland Medicine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization for the surgery through its expanded access (compassionate use) provision. It is done in cases where an experimental medical product is the only option available for a patient dealing with a serious or life-threatening medical condition. 

The man, David Bennet, was suffering from terminal heart disease and was not eligible for conventional heart transplant. 

It is the first ever successful transplant of a pig’s heart in a human body.

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