January 12, 2022

Maryland man receives first successful pig-to-human heart transplant

A Maryland man became the first person to receive a successful pig-to-human heart transplant.

David Bennett, 57, is “still doing well” three days after the first-of-its-kind surgery, and will continue to be monitored to determine whether the transplant, conducted at the University of Maryland, provides lifesaving benefits, the university said inĀ a statement.

“This was a breakthrough surgery and brings us one step closer to solving the organ shortage crisis. There are simply not enough donor hearts available to meet the long list of potential recipients,” said Dr. Bartley Griffith, the doctor who performed the surgery.