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US man who got 1st pig heart transplant dies after 2 months

Pig Heart Transplant
Posted at 1:14 PM, Mar 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-09 15:14:20-05

A Maryland hospital says the first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig has died.

The University of Maryland Medical Center announced that the 57-year-old man died Tuesday, two months after the groundbreaking experiment. Doctors for decades have sought to use animal organs for life-saving transplants.

David Bennett was a candidate for the dramatic attempt only because he was dying and wasn't eligible for a human heart transplant.

Prior attempts at such transplants have failed largely because patients’ bodies rapidly rejected the animal organ. This time, the Maryland surgeons used a heart from a gene-edited pig to help prevent rejection.