According to foreign media such as “USA Today” and ABC on the 10th, an American man became the first person in the world to receive a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig.
The American man, named David Bennett, is 57 years old. The doctor in charge said that the operation was performed in Baltimore, the United States, and lasted 7 hours. The patient is in good condition.
Foreign media said the pigs used in the transplant had been genetically modified, but what happened to Bennett was unknown. Bennett’s son also said that everything is currently unknown.
A heart transplant was the last hope to save Bennett’s life, and Bennett said the day before the surgery: “Death or a transplant.
This is my last option. “Before the operation, he had been bedridden for six weeks and was in a terminal stage of heart disease, and he said he was “looking forward to getting out of bed when he recovers”.
For the medical team in charge of the operation, the operation marks the culmination of years of research that could change the lives of many people around the world.
The surgery will bring the world “one step closer to solving the organ shortage crisis,” the University of Maryland School of Medicine said in a press release.
Data shows that 17 people die every day in the U.S. while waiting for an organ transplant, with more than 100,000 people on the waiting list.