First-ever pig-to-human heart transplant offers hope for thousands in need of organs. The breakthrough by doctors at the University of Maryland offers hope for those who languish and sometimes die while on organ transplant waitlists. The 57-year-old man from Maryland agreed to be the first to risk the experimental xenotransplantation surgery, which took place on Friday. Source 4u.
First person to receive gene-edited pig heart dies two months after historic transplant. David Bennett, 57, died Tuesday, two months after he became the first person to receive a heart from a gene-edited pig. Bennett, who suffered from terminal heart disease, underwent the groundbreaking xenotransplantation surgery Jan. 7. His condition began to deteriorate several days ago, said officials with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who announced his death Wednesday. Source 5g.