Man gets genetically-modified pig heart in world-first transplant.
Written by News Room on January 11, 2022
A US man David Bennett, has become the first person in the world to get a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig.
Doctors say that Bennett, 57, is doing well three days after the experimental seven-hour procedure in Baltimore.
The transplant was considered the last hope of saving Mr Bennett’s life, though it is not yet clear what his long-term chances of survival are.
Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center were granted a special dispensation by the US medical regulator to carry out the procedure, on the basis that Mr. Bennett would otherwise have died.
For the medical team who carried out the transplant, it marks the culmination of years of research and could change lives around the world.
Surgeon Bartley Griffith said the surgery would bring the world one step closer to solving the organ shortage crisis.