PIG HEART IN MAN! HISTORIC SURGERY…

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In a medical first, doctors transplanted a pig heart into a patient in a last-ditch effort to save his life and a Maryland hospital said Monday that he’s doing well three days after the highly experimental surgery.

While it’s too soon to know if the operation really will work, it marks a step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants. Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center say the transplant showed that a heart from a genetically modified animal can function in the human body without immediate rejection.

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The patient, David Bennett, a 57-year-old Maryland handyman, knew there was no guarantee the experiment would work but he was dying, ineligible for a human heart transplant and had no other option, his son told The Associated Press.

apnews.com/article/pig-heart-transplant-6651614cb9d73bada8eea2ecb6449aef

www.cnn.com/2022/01/10/health/genetically-modified-pig-heart-transplant/index.html

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