In near-death situations, all you have to do is a leap of faith…

This is the story of a man from Maryland who became the first man to ever receive a genetically modified heart of a pig.

David Benneth Sr, a 57-year-old from Maryland had been waiting for a long time on the waiting list to receive a heart donor but instead, he chose to get a heart transplant from a pig.

The surgery took place at the University of Maryland Medical Center that took 8 long hours to be completed and now, David is in stable condition and recovering from the operation.

The New York Times reported:

A 57-year-old man with life-threatening heart disease has received a heart from a genetically modified pig, a groundbreaking procedure that offers hope to hundreds of thousands of patients with failing organs.

It is the first successful transplant of a pig’s heart into a human being. The eight-hour operation took place in Baltimore on Friday, and the patient, David Bennett Sr. of Maryland, was doing well on Monday, according to surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

“It creates the pulse, it creates the pressure, it is his heart,” said Dr. Bartley Griffith, the director of the cardiac transplant program at the medical center, who operated.

“It’s working and it looks normal. We are thrilled, but we don’t know what tomorrow will bring us. This has never been done before.”

Scientists have worked feverishly to develop pigs whose organs would not be rejected by the human body, research accelerated in the past decade by new gene editing and cloning technologies. The heart transplant comes just months after surgeons in New York successfully attached the kidney of a genetically engineered pig to a brain-dead person.

This is a new beginning and will surely change the surgery world.

The Daily Mail also reported:

In a medical first, doctors transplanted a pig heart into a patient in a last-ditch effort to save his life and three days later, David Bennett, 57, is said to be recovering and doing well after the nine-hour procedure.

While it´s too soon to know if the operation really will work, it marks a step in the decades-long quest to one day uses animal organs for life-saving transplants.

Bennett is breathing on his own without a ventilator but is still using an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine that helps pump blood throughout his body. Doctors hope to wean him off the device slowly.

Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center say the transplant showed that a heart from a genetically modified animal can function in the human body without immediate rejection.

And this medical first could one day help solve the chronic shortage of organ donations.

Sources: We Love Trump, The Daily Mail, The New York Times

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