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Man receives pig heart
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 10, 2022 07:57PM
A 57-year-old Maryland man is doing well three days after receiving a genetically modified pig heart in a first-of-its-kind transplant surgery, University of Maryland Medicine said in a news release Monday.

David Bennett had terminal heart disease, and the pig heart was "the only currently available option," according to the release. Bennett was deemed ineligible for a conventional heart transplant or an artificial heart pump after reviews of his medical records.

"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," Bennett said before the surgery, according to the release.
The US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization for the surgery on December 31.

[www.cnn.com]

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Re: Man receives pig heart
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 10, 2022 09:18PM
Reminds me somewhat of this story heard recently.

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Re: Man receives pig heart
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: January 10, 2022 09:23PM
Will it be considered cannibalism if he eats pork?



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Re: Man receives pig heart
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 10, 2022 09:27PM
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pRICE cUBE
Will it be considered cannibalism if he eats pork?

If you have the time to listen to that radio show link I posted above....
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Re: Man receives pig heart
Posted by: Michael
Date: January 11, 2022 05:40AM
His quote reminds me of Barney Clark back in 1982 receiving the first artificial heart.

When, in a March 1 television interview, DeVries asked him what advice he might give to other potential artificial heart recipients, Clark said, "Well, I would tell them that it's worth it if the alternative is they either die or they have it done."

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Re: Man receives pig heart
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: January 11, 2022 07:02AM
I recall reading a story on how they resolved the retrovirus issues to make this kind of transplant possible. It will be promising if this works out.



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Re: Man receives pig heart
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: January 11, 2022 07:35AM
RadioLab did an episode about this. The genetic modification they made also makes the pig edible to people with a unique red meat allergy contracted from ticks.



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Re: Man receives pig heart
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 11, 2022 07:40AM
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ztirffritz
RadioLab did an episode about this. The genetic modification they made also makes the pig edible to people with a unique red meat allergy contracted from ticks.

Link posted above
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Re: Man receives pig heart
Posted by: PizzaGod
Date: January 11, 2022 08:04AM
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Re: Man receives pig heart
Posted by: mikebw
Date: January 11, 2022 09:24AM
Gee this sounds like something they would have talked about on RadioLab... wink smiley
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Re: Man receives pig heart
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 11, 2022 02:09PM
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pRICE cUBE
I recall reading a story on how they resolved the retrovirus issues to make this kind of transplant possible. It will be promising if this works out.

News to me, I’ll have to look that up. The retrovirus issue almost seemed insurmountable.



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