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US man gets genetically-modified pig heart in world-first transplant


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A US man has become the first person in the world to get a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig.

David Bennett, 57, is doing well three days after the experimental seven-hour procedure in Baltimore, doctors say.

The transplant was considered the last hope of saving Mr Bennett's life, though it is not yet clear what his long-term chances of survival are.

"It was either die or do this transplant," Mr Bennett explained a day before the surgery.

"I know it's a shot in the dark, but it's my last choice," he said.

Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center were granted a special dispensation by the US medical regulator to carry out the procedure, on the basis that Mr Bennett would otherwise have died.

Link to Source & Full Article : https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59944889

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Doctors say the man is recovering well. The news here tonight said he is being monitored closely for an sign of rejection. Rejection can also occur when using human organs. I hope this all proves out well.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/10/health/heart-transplant-pig-bennett.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/surgeons-perform-first-successful-transplant-pig-heart-human-patient-rcna11687

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11 minutes ago, susieice said:

Doctors say the man is recovering well. The news here tonight said he is being monitored closely for an sign of rejection. Rejection can also occur when using human organs. I hope this all proves out well.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/10/health/heart-transplant-pig-bennett.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/surgeons-perform-first-successful-transplant-pig-heart-human-patient-rcna11687

Yes. I hope it turns out well. So far so good. It will open new doors for sure :)

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It sounds like the next step along the line for genetically creating usable organs for transplant.  We've been using Porcine heart valves  as replacements in human hearts, for years now, with limited success.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22877802/

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12 hours ago, and then said:

It sounds like the next step along the line for genetically creating usable organs for transplant.  We've been using Porcine heart valves  as replacements in human hearts, for years now, with limited success.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22877802/

My mom had a valve replacement like that at 82 years old.  She lived to be nearly 86.  Four years we would not have had with her otherwise.

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Interesting, hoping that it will give him some more years and in any case, he give that time to science for future application.
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This makes me think of articles I've read about certain receivers of hearts having gained personality traits from the heart donor, something I speculate could have something to do with that the heart actually has a kind of "brain"/neurons, something that is not that commonly known. Wonder how that works when you get a heart from a pig.

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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

Man Who Had Pig Heart Transplant Has Criminal Record After Stabbing Man Seven Times

The man who received the world’s first pig-to-human heart transplant has a criminal record after stabbing a man seven times in the 1980s, according to the Washington Post. 

Since the news of the successful transplant, the sister of a man Bennett was convicted of stabbing in 1988 had come forward to criticise the transplant, saying her brother was never given the second chance Bennett received. 

https://www.ladbible.com/news/man-who-had-pig-heart-transplant-has-criminal-record-20220114

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/01/13/pig-heart-transplant-stabbing-david-bennett/

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  • The title was changed to US man gets genetically-modified pig heart in world-first transplant
On 1/13/2022 at 12:38 AM, llegendary said:

Notice how they use pig hearts instead of monkey hearts.

Yeah?

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On 1/13/2022 at 5:38 AM, llegendary said:

Notice how they use pig hearts instead of monkey hearts.

So? 
And you mean chimps?

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