Healthcare Mar 10, 2022 09:50 AM (GMT+8) · EqualOcean
Agence France Presse just reported that the University of Maryland said on the 9th that the world's first patient to receive a pig heart transplant died two months after the operation. On January 10 this year, a team of surgeons at the University of Maryland School of medicine successfully transplanted the heart of a transgenic pig into a 57 year old male terminally ill patient. The operation is the world's first heart xenotransplantation. Three days after the operation, the patient was still in good condition. This is the first demonstration that the transgenic pig heart can function like the human heart without immediate rejection. However, the terminally ill patient who received the transgenic pig heart died two months after the operation. On March 9 local time, Maryland hospital announced that David Bennett, 57, had died on March 8. The exact cause of death has not been determined, but doctors say his condition has worsened for several days.