A pig’s heart has been implanted inside a human for the first time ever. This feat was accomplished by American doctors, who successfully transplanted a pig’s heart into a 57-year-old man. It is being hailed as a watershed moment in medical history, as it provides new hope to those who are suffering from a global shortage of organ transplants. Hundreds of people die every day due to a lack of organ transplants around the world.
Tell us about the first time a pig’s heart was implanted in a human. Why is this discovery a new source of hope for humanity? Why does this have the potential to change the face of organ transplantation?
A pig’s heart was transplanted into a human for the first time ever.
Doctors at the University of Maryland Medicine (UMM) in the United States transplanted a pig’s heart into David Bennett, a 57-year-old Maryland man, on January 7. A pig’s heart has been transplanted into a human for the first time in history.
This is the first time a pig’s heart has been transplanted, despite the fact that pig heart valves have previously been used to replace human valves.
What was the purpose of implanting a pig’s heart into a human?
David Bennett, an American man who had a pig’s heart transplanted into him, had no choice but to live.
Bennett was unable to receive a human heart transplant due to heart failure and an abnormal heartbeat. Bennett’s life was saved only after the doctors decided to transplant the pig’s heart.
According to Bennett, “It was a case of either dying or being transplanted. I’d like to live. I realise it’s like shooting in the dark, but it’s the only option I have.”