US surgeons successfully transplanted pig hearts into a human body.
In what is described as a “first-of-its-kind” surgery, the US surgeons have successfully transplanted a “porcine” heart into humans suffering from end-of-life heart disease.
This 57-year old Maryland resident suffering from end-of-life heart disease received the transplant successfully using the genetically modified pig heart. It is reported to be functioning well three days after the transplant.
“It was the only currently available option for the patient,” the University of Maryland Medicine said on Monday (January 10 2022) following the historic operation.
University of Maryland School of Medicine Faculty Scientists and Clinicians Perform Historic First Successful #Transplant of Porcine Heart into Adult Human with End-Stage Heart Disease https://t.co/h2GsyFC4t2 pic.twitter.com/0xFA51PsDk
— University of Maryland School of Medicine (@UMmedschool) January 10, 2022
“This organ transplant demonstrated for the first time that a genetically-modified animal heart can function as a human heart without immediate rejection by the body,” the University said in the statement.
David Bennett, the patient David Bennett, is currently being monitored for weeks and days to determine if the transplant will bring life-saving benefits.
The University was considered ineligible to receive a conventional donor heart at UMMC and numerous other transplant centers who looked over his medical information.
“It was either die or do this transplant. I want to live. I know it’s a shot in the dark, but it’s my last choice,” Bennett was admitted to hospital and bedridden for recent months, stated before operation.
Bartley P Griffith, MD, who performed the surgical transplantation of a pig’s heart, stated that this was a landmark procedure that brings our efforts one step closer to resolving organ shortage.
“We are proceeding cautiously, but we are also optimistic that this first-in-the-world surgery will provide an important new option for patients in the future,” Griffith stated.
It is noteworthy that the US Food and Drug Administration approved an emergency authorization to the procedure for New Year’s Eve as part of their broad availability (compassionate utilization) provision.
It is employed in cases where an experimental medical device, such as the genetically modified pig’s heart, is the only option for patients suffering from severe or life-threatening medical issues.
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