First pig heart transplant patient dies after two months

This handout photo released by the University of Maryland School of Medicine on January 10, 2022 shows surgeon Dr. Bartley Griffith (L) with patient David Bennett, Sr., who received a heart implant from a genetically modified pig, in Baltimore, Maryland, in January 2022. PHOTO/AFP

WorldFirst pig heart transplant patient dies after two monthsWednesday, March 09, 2022This handout photo released by the University of Maryland School of Medicine on January 10, 2022 shows surgeon Dr. Bartley Griffith (L) with patient David Bennett, Sr., who received a heart implant from a genetically modified pig, in Baltimore, Maryland, in January 2022.

PHOTO/AFPBy AFPWhat you need to know:About 110,000 Americans are currently waiting for an organ transplant, and more than 6,000 patients die each year before getting one, according to official figures.The first person to receive a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig has died two months after the medical milestone, the hospital that carried out the surgery said Wednesday.

The procedure raised hopes that advances in cross-species organ donation could one day solve the chronic shortage of human organs available for donation, and the team behind the operation say they are “optimistic” about its future success.David Bennett, 57, had received his transplant on January 7 and passed away March 8, the University of Maryland Medical System said in a statement.

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