BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The first person to receive a genetically modified pig heart transplant continues to recover at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Breakthrough surgery happened last Friday.
As David Bennett continues to improve, his son, David Bennett Jr., said Tuesday that Bennett has been removed from the ECMO machine, an advanced form of life support that helps pump and oxygenate the blood. .
“Overall, he looks a lot better,” said Bennett Jr. speak. “His stats are a lot better now than they were before.”
Bennett, 57, a native of Maryland, was diagnosed with end-stage heart disease.
When deemed ineligible for a human heart transplant, Bennett was offered an alternative: a pig heart transplant.
“To me, that seems like a win-win,” said Bennett Jr. speak. “First of all, his prognosis—I don’t think he will be able to leave the hospital because of the severity of his heart failure. So potential gives him more life and quality of life which he finds favorable and then reality gives hope to others. ”
The new procedure was authorized this month and uses gene editing to remove certain genes that scientists believe lead to organ rejection.
“[Bennett] Dr Bartley Griffith said: “I don’t want to die. “He said ‘if I do, maybe you’ll learn something to help others.'”
With more than 6,000 Americans dying each year while awaiting an organ transplant, the consequences of Bennett’s success are enormous.
Bennett Jr said his father is still recovering very well and the doctors are optimistic.
“I’ve had at least three people – surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurse – all of whom have been amazed at his progress and frankly say he is doing better than some patients. that they’ve seen with human heart transplants,” said Bennet Jr. speak.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/01/12/recovery-continues-for-pig-heart-transplant-recipient/ Continued rehabilitation for pig heart transplant recipient – CBS Baltimore