Man given genetically modified pig heart dieson March 9, 2022 at 3:34 pm

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Man given genetically modified pig heart in world-first surgery dies two months after operation, US hospital says

Surgeon Bartley P Griffith with David Bennett in January

Image source, University of Maryland School of Medicine

The first person in the world to get a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig has died.

David Bennett, who had terminal heart disease, survived for two months following the surgery in the US.

But his condition began to deteriorate several days ago, his doctors in Baltimore said, and the 57-year-old died on 8 March.

Mr Bennett knew the risks attached to the surgery, acknowledging before the procedure it was “a shot in the dark”.

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