Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center performing an animal to human heart transplant.
Surgeons at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has Transplanted the heart of a pig into a 57-year-old man after receiving approval from the FDA, in a last-ditch effort to save his life. The Doctors said the Pig’s heart is performing very well, even beyond their expectations. The patient has since been awake and is recovering, although there are many questions about his future.
The patient David Bennett who is a Maryland handy man and a father, knew there was no guarantee that the medical experiment will be successful, but he was ineligible for a human heart transplant and he was dying, leaving him with no other option. “it was either I die or do this transplant. I want to live. I know it’s a shot in the dark, but it’s my last choice,” Bennett said a day before the Surgery.
Well it’s too soon to know if the operation really will work, but it marks a giant step in the Decade-long research to someday use animal organs for life-saving transplant. Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center said the transplant showed that a heart from a genetically modified animal can function in the human body without immediate rejection. This became possible after the Maryland surgeons carried out gene-editing to remove sugar in its cells that’s responsible for the hyper-fast organ rejection. Shortage of Human organ donors for transplants, is driving scientist to try to figure out how to use animal organs instead, and this is a very positive step in the right direction towards archiving this goal.