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Successful Pig's Heart Transplant To Human-Full Story Here

News by Mikshya Published on 12 Jan,2022 Updated on 13 Jan,2022

There are lots of first-time witnessed because of the advanced science and technology. The serious heart patient who believed his death was near was caught on the hop by the successful heart transplant surgery using a pig's heart. 

Here, we will be talking about the medical science miracle. Who is the person who went under the surgery? Is the man doing well after his operations? Scroll down the article and get the complete details of the news items.

Who Is The Person Who Went Under Pig-To-Human Heart Transplant Surgery?

The successful last resort genetically-modified pig's heart transplant is a moment for the medical world to cherish. The operation has raised new hopes to human bodies for the solution to an organ donor organ shortages. 

CAPTION: David Bennett with a surgeon of University of Maryland Medical Center SOURCE: YouTube @7NEWS Australia

An American citizen David Bennett, 57, became the first human in the world to have a pig-to-human heart transplant surgery. As per reports, one who had a life-threatening heart disease is doing well after 3 days of the experimental 7 hours procedure. 

Was The Surgery The Only Way To Save The Life?

Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center have given hope to all the patients with organs failure after the successful heart transplant surgery using a pig's heart. After having no way to save the 57-year-old American, surgeons decided to go for the riskiest operation to date only after getting special permission from the US medical.

On January 7, 2022, doctors started the experimental procedure, which was successfully completed on Friday after 7 hours procedure in Baltimore, Maryland. The donated genetically modified pig's heart came from a pig developed by United States company Revivicor.

It is said that the animal had 10 genes modified. Among the four inactivated genes, one causes a competitive immune response, whereas one that would differently cause the pig's heart to keep growing after transplant into a living soul.

CAPTION: The University of Maryland Medicine successfully transplanted pig's heart into David Bennett's body SOURCE: YouTube @7NEWS Australia

Moreover, to enlarge the chance of embracing, the donor animal had 6 human genes inserted into its genome, and David Bennett is taking immune-suppressing medications. Luckily, the American man is doing great with the new heart but is yet to take a heart-lung bypass machine supporting its function.

Though the patient is going well now, the surgeons are also not sure what might happen in the future. The chairperson of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Christine Lau, who was present in the operation theatre, told the BBC that:

"He's at more of a risk because we require more immunosuppression, slightly different than we would normally do in a human-to-human transplant. How well the patient does from now is, you know, it's never been done before so we really don't know." 

In addition to that, she also said the probability of using animals organs for "xenotransplantation " using pig heart valves is already common to meet the demands of people who are waiting for organ donations.

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