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Pig heart transplanted into American man in breakthrough surgery

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Surgeons at  University of Maryland Medical Center have performed the first-of-its-kind procedure on a Maryland resident identified as David Bennett. 

The 57-year-old man who was out of options, became the first successful recipient of a genetically-modified pig heart.

Bennett was diagnosed with a terminal heart disease and had been hospitalized and bedridden for several weeks after being “deemed ineligible” for a traditional heart transplant.

Pig heart transplanted into American man in breakthrough surgery

The patient said in a statement published by the University of Maryland Medical Center; 

“It was either die or do this transplant. I want to live. I know it’s a shot in the dark, but it’s my last choice.

“I look forward to getting out of bed after I recover.”

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