Saved by a pig heart

‘A shot in the dark’ is how near-death 57-year-old David Bennett recently described an experimental heart transplant from a genetically engineered pig. On Monday, his doctors announced that the ground-breaking procedure appeared to have been successful. This is another incredible story of American boldness and innovation.

Mr. Bennett suffered from a life-threatening heart condition but was deemed too ill to receive a human heart transplant. For more than a month, he was kept alive at the hospital on a ventilator, but he would almost certainly die of heart failure. The University of Maryland Health System’s cardiac surgeon, Bartley Griffith, proposed the transplant of a genetically engineered pig heart. Saved by a pig heart

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