Death of Man Who Received a Pig-Heart Transplant Remains a Mystery

Death of Man Who Received a Pig-Heart Transplant Remains a Mystery

Doctors can’t fully explain the death of the first recipient of a genetically modified pig heart, but they offered several theories in a new study and said clinical trials of pig-to-human organ transplants should begin despite the continuing mystery.

David Bennett, a 57-year-old handyman from Hagerstown, Maryland, received his heart in an experimental operation in January at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and died two months later. The surgery, an attempt to prolong the life of a desperately ill patient who had been kept alive for weeks on a machine that took over his heart and lungs, came after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration The US issued a special emergency authorization for her. .

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