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U.S. man with transplanted genetically modified pig heart dies


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An American man who in January became the first person ever to have a genetically modified pig heart, died last Tuesday. The Maryland Medical Center, where the man was treated, reported this to Reuters news agency .

David Bennett, 57, suffered from a life-threatening heart condition. After an eight-hour operation, surgeons were able to transfer a pig’s heart from the man. It was the first successful heart transplant with a pig heart. “This operation is a breakthrough and brings us one step closer to solving the organ shortage. There are simply not enough human donor hearts available to meet the demand of potential recipients,” a doctor who participated in the operation said in January. know.

It is still unclear what caused Bennett’s death. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the man’s health has deteriorated rapidly in recent days. An investigation must show what caused his death.

There was also criticism after news broke that Bennett was the first person ever to receive a pig’s heart. He was previously convicted of a stabbing. The victim’s family thought it was unfair that he was given the heart.

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