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Recently, doctors transplanted a pig heart into a patient in a last effort to save his life, in Maryland hospital in USA. It was done for the first time in the history of medical.
Who was the patient?
The patient was David Bennett aged 57. He knew there was no guarantee of whether the experiment would work. But he was ready for the operation because he was dying and was ineligible for a human heart transplant.
Why this experiment was conducted?
There is a huge shortage of human organs, which are donated for transplant. This drives scientists to figure out how to use animal organs for transplant instead. In 2021, there were just around 3,800 heart transplants in the U.S. so, if this experiment works, there will be endless supply of these organs from animals for patients.
Prior attempts of such transplants have failed, largely. This is because, patients’ bodies rapidly rejected the animal organ. For instance in 1984, Baby Fae, who was a dying infant, lived for 21 days with a baboon heart.
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