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In a medical first, doctors transplanted a pig heart into a patient in a last-ditch effort to save his life and a Maryland hospital said Monday that he's doing well three days after the highly experimental surgery.

1/11/2022 12:23:00 AM

BREAKING; In a medical first, doctors transplanted a pig heart into a human in a last-ditch effort to save his life. A Maryland hospital says the patient is doing well three days after the highly experimental surgery.

In a medical first, doctors transplanted a pig heart into a patient in a last-ditch effort to save his life and a Maryland hospital said Monday that he's doing well three days after the highly experimental surgery.

“If this works, there will be an endless supply of these organs for patients who are suffering,” said Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin, scientific director of the university’s animal-to-human transplant program.But prior attempts at such transplants -- or xenotransplantation -- have failed, largely because patients’ bodies rapidly rejected the animal organ. Notably, in 1984, Baby Fae, a dying infant, lived 21 days with a baboon heart.

The difference this time: The Maryland surgeons used a heart from a pig that had undergone gene-editing to remove a sugar in its cells that’s responsible for that hyper-fast organ rejection.“I think you can characterize it as a watershed event,” Dr. David Klassen, UNOS’ chief medical officer, said of the Maryland transplant.

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RichieWills10 they clearly haven’t heard about Denty This could save many lives Why did they choose a pig? Is it similar to a human heart? And does it last as long as the human heart? MbuyiseniNdlozi Hamba hagwana... this is a REAL eye-opener. i cant imagine what the person receiving the transplant must be going through... probably wasn't expecting to wake up. cant begin to imagine how scary thatd be

That's y don't eat this human . What? Oinker of a Lonely Heart a quick question Would a vegan turn down the chance to save their life if they knew their replacement heart came from a pig? Extraordinary! ...was there a lack of human ones?

Poor pigs hereinafter! If someone calls him a pig as an insult, he can reply, '2 percent' Doctor to patient on day 4: 'Open your mouth and say, 'Oink.' Half human/half pig will have the rights to sue the hospital for proceeding with such experiment without his consent? Wow Now go home and eat slop three times per day.

'... hospital says the patient is doing well three ...' What about the Pig? selfish animalrights humansupremacist 👎👎👎👎👎👎 I wonder which cop it came from

I just wouldn't want it. Nope I'm good! I'm being sarcastic but could you imagine the horror on a Muslim patient's face to know finding out they have a swine (pig) heart pumping blood through their body. Incredible! Instead of posting juvenile desperate for attention jokes like most children here, I'm celebrating the fact that someone's life was saved and I'm sending positive vibes he continues to live a healthy and happy life. Wow, I'm shocked with this modern medical miracle!

Not according to the surgeon who openly admitted he had no idea how long the patient would have survived without surgery. .That’s great news. I guess when they closed him up they used some spare ribs. If he didn’t make it someone in that joint could have been in for the chop. Shout out to the surgeon. Well done sausage for saving his bacon.🥓 BBCNews BBCWorld SkyNews CNN

Hope he doesn’t start grunting😜 Mike_BHawks37 DrOz Couldn't resist.... Kramer Seinfeld Pigman Halfmanhalfpig

So TFG is whole again. This patient also became the first recipient of a donor organ who can then eat the donor for breakfast. Why am I not applauding placing an animals heart into a human? Johnson got the pigs head. Do they say if any pig(s) was harmed in the process? wati___ Ehh moll47906101 No endless supply in CA. As of Jan. 1, in CA pigs getting more scarce.

Not a World First… India 1997 by Dr Dhabi Ram Baruah Oh by the way the pig a centient animal is dead sacrificed for another centient animal to live

Am I the first to think that the pig saved this patients' bacon? The next few weeks are critical. I hope he can manage. Great news Pig’s Heart! the power of technology is amazing but somehow it’s so weird to hear news of human getting Heart from an animal. Apparently the man is doing well, the pig however… 🐖

Hahaha To me, this is very BAD news.. the words NATURAL EQUILIBRIUM come to mind. We're messing with it and invariably we will eventually reap the repercussions. Nature is often unforgiving with these things. Can we vote on this. Is this okay for the Muslims?

I wonder if the patient will develop a taste for truffles? Asked how he feels, the patient said “Crackling! I can’t wait to get back to work and start bringing home the bacon”. This is a wonderful news. Another human achievement. Bravo to those involved to bring us to this level. The question is how does this ait ethically with Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Would it be considered appropriate now to interfere with nature to this extent? Not sure?

Its what's in the heart that matter 🤓 Book of Jasher 4:18-19 Hows the pig doing post-surgery in recovery? Couldn't seem to find the details in the story. That's why not allowed to eat pig Cuz maybe they have human organs, How’s that? Pig heart Transplant 💜🐖

Well, that's a first for sure. Can't wait to hear how it goes I’ll bet he won’t eat bacon anymore. Nidhi Aasifniyaz some folks come with holy reference..I had a friend :) DrOz DrOz DrOz peta any comments Do you agree now human life takes precedence And the doctor in charge of it all has what appears to be a Muslim name. Even I, a lifelong pork eater, think that’s putting a pig’s heart in a person seems somewhat haram.

How is the pig? Science is amazing. I'm curious to know...why he was ineligible for a human heart

DrOz Congratulations Dr. Bartley Griffith. They would have tried a lion's🦁 heart so the pt to have a ' heart of lion' in everything he does thereafter😂😂 DrOz Did the pig consent to being a donor? Cue….animal rights activists Man Nic Cage really got into his role for Pig didnt he? EvelDick This is incredible! If this is possible can you imagine how many people’s lives this procedure would be saving?!! If this is going to be proven to be very successful they should receive a huge prize!

Question: if this becomes normal in medical care, you’re kosher or halal, can you receive it? Praying the patient gets to go wee wee wee all the way home. The first step on the way to ManBearPig You are what you eat

I learnt in med school that pigs and humans are remarkably similar 😭😭😭😭 Idk how I feel about this. Imagine being called a pig. He replied... Only by heart. It’s another chance to live. Hope it was fully cooked before hand. Oh shit AdamCforMD is this how Governor Shrek came to be? Given how common parts of cow hearts are in open heart surgeries, I'm surprised it took this long to try a pig heart in a patient. I hope he recovers well

As an unexpected side effect the patient has asked for all of his meals to be served via trough Halfman bearpig

How is the pig doing ? no cool. Will he be made into bacon after he finally dies? South Park did this nearly 10 years ago. WOW... Whatever necessary to keep that person alive. So pork prices goes up. This is truly experimental, although the benefits outweighed the risks The FDA-approved COVID vaccines? Not experimental at all GetVaccinatedNow DontBeAJokeOvich Tillman_40 cspan cspanwj

I already did this like 3 years ago.

Heck yes How is the pig? It's alive Great job Am I the only one who would rather die than be transplanted a pig heart? Donald is that you

Japan tycoon Maezawa returns from space with business dreams “If this works, there will be an endless supply of these organs for patients who are suffering,” said Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin, scientific director of the university’s animal-to-human transplant program. But prior attempts at such transplants -- or xenotransplantation -- have failed, largely because patients’ bodies rapidly rejected the animal organ. Notably, in 1984, Baby Fae, a dying infant, lived 21 days with a baboon heart. The difference this time: The Maryland surgeons used a heart from a pig that had undergone gene-editing to remove a sugar in its cells that’s responsible for that hyper-fast organ rejection. “I think you can characterize it as a watershed event,” Dr. David Klassen, UNOS’ chief medical officer, said of the Maryland transplant. Still, Klassen cautioned that it’s only a first tentative step into exploring whether this time around, xenotransplantation might finally work. The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees xenotransplantation experiments, allowed the surgery under what’s called a “compassionate use” emergency authorization, available when a patient with a life-threatening condition has no other options. Just last September, researchers in New York performed an experiment suggesting these kinds of pigs might offer promise for animal-to-human transplants. Doctors temporarily attached a pig’s kidney to a deceased human body and watched it begin to work. The Maryland transplant takes their experiment to the next level, said Dr. Robert Montgomery, who led that experiment at NYU Langone Health. ADVERTISEMENT “This is a truly remarkable breakthrough,” he said in a statement. “As a heart transplant recipient, myself with a genetic heart disorder, I am thrilled by this news and the hope it gives to my family and other patients who will eventually be saved by this breakthrough.” It will be crucial to share the data gathered from this transplant before opening the option to more patients, said Karen Maschke, a research scholar at the Hastings Center, who is helping develop ethics and policy recommendations for the first clinical trials under a grant from the National Institutes of Health. “Rushing into animal-to-human transplants without this information would not be advisable,” Maschke said. The surgery last Friday took seven hours at the Baltimore hospital. “He realizes the magnitude of what was done and he really realizes the importance of it,” David Bennett Jr. said of his father. “He could not live, or he could last a day, or he could last a couple of days. I mean, we’re in the unknown at this point.” __ AP Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard contributed. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. AP NEWS