If you think you’ve seen everything, here is the latest idea on solving the problem of where to find a healthy heart to transplant.
Scientists have performed their first transplant of a genetically modified pig heart into a human.
According to the NY Times, the 8-hour operation was a success and the patient had a normal pulse and heartbeat. Genetic modification reduces the risk of tissue rejection which can happen even with a great match.
Apparently, the patient had no rejection after 48 hours which is a great sign. Stay tuned to see if procedures like this may be a safer way to get an organ transplant.
The patient would have died otherwise so in his mind, it was worth the risk. Check out the article below
In a First, Man Receives a Heart From a Genetically Altered Pig
The breakthrough may lead one day to new supplies of animal organs for transplant into human patients.
By Roni Caryn Rabin Jan. 10, 2022
A 57-year-old man with life-threatening heart disease has received a heart from a genetically modified pig, a groundbreaking procedure that offers hope to hundreds of thousands of patients with failing organs.
It is the first successful transplant of a pig’s heart into a human being. The eight-hour operation took place in Baltimore on Friday, and the patient, David Bennett Sr. of Maryland, was doing well on Monday, according to surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
“It creates the pulse, it creates the pressure, it is his heart,” said Dr. Bartley Griffith, the director of the cardiac transplant program at the medical center, who performed the operation.