Person Who Received Pig Heart Through Transplant Passes Away Months Later

Person Who Received Pig Heart Through Transplant Passes Away Months Later
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A heart transplant from January granted a lot of hope for people that we could use more organs from animals. A man named David Bennet Sr., and being 57 years old, was given an experimental pig heart as a transplant after he was rejected from waiting lists for a human heart. 

As Futurism.com reveals, the person receiving the pig heart passed away at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Obviously, people are tempted to say that the person’s body rejecting the animal organ is what caused the demise, but so far, the cause of death is uncertain.

No obvious death cause identified

However, the pig heart wasn’t taken from the animal in a raw state. The scientists used genetic engineering to alter the organ in order to remove genes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be a winning move, although a close investigation is required to determine the cause behind the man’s death.

A spokesperson of the hospital where the person died confirmed that no obvious cause for the man’s death was identified.

Dr. Bartley Grifith is the one who performed the transplant, and he manifested his regrets for the loss, as speaking for The New York Times:

He proved to be a brave and noble patient who fought all the way to the end,

Mr. Bennett became known by millions of people around the world for his courage and steadfast will to live.

The son of the man who passed away declared as Futurism.com quotes:

We hope this story can be the beginning of hope and not the end,

We also hope that what was learned from his surgery will benefit future patients and hopefully one day, end the organ shortage that costs so many lives each year.

We’re eagerly waiting to find new info about the subject soon!


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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