Surgeons Transplant Pig Heart Into Human Patient

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This is the FIRST surgery of its kind, where a genetically modified pig heart was placed into a 57-year-old man from Maryland.

The man had terminal heart disease and "the only currently available option" was the pig heart, because of his ineligibility for a conventional heart transplant or an artificial heart pump.

David Bennett, who received the pig heart said before surgery, "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."

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