- The man who got pig heart transplant has died two months after what many called groundbreaking heart surgery
- David Bennett died two months after the US Food and Drug Administration gave an all-clear for the surgery that was completed on January 7 this year
- His family said he fought to continue to live while the Maryland Medical Centre said he was given an analgesic care
Two months after the world celebrated the ‘successful’ heart transplant from a genetically modified pig, David Benett has died.
Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Centre said on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, that 57-year-old Bennett passed away the day before his situation started getting worse several days earlier.
What the doctors said about Bennett's death
A statement from the Medical Centre said that when it was obvious that Bennett would not recover, he was granted analgesic care. He was able to talk to his family during his last hours.
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His cause of death is yet to be ascertained and it is unclear if it was related to any implications from the heart transplant.
His son thanked the doctors for their actions, a release through the hospital said.
According to his son, their comprehensive efforts and energy, coupled with his father’s unquenchable will to survive, made the hopeful environment during a difficult time.
The will to keep fighting on
His son, David Bennett Jr. said that until the last hours, his father was determined to fight on to preserve his life and spend more time with his lovely family, including his two sisters, two children, five grandchildren and his dog, Lucky.
The younger Bennett said they were able to spend some special weeks together as he recovered from the surgery.
The US Food and Drug Administration gave authorisation on New Year’s Eve for Bennett to get a genetically modified pig heart, according to the hospital. The transplant was finished on January 7, 2022.
He was hospitalised for six weeks before the surgery with a life-threatening arrhythmia and had been connected to a heart-lung bypass.
It is immediately clear how much was spent on the surgery.
US man gets pig heart transplant in historical medical breakthrough
Legit.ng has reported that a man from the United States of America has made history as the first person in the world to get a heart transplant from a pig.
The BBC report says that 57-year-old David Bennett is reportedly feeling fine after three days after the experimental transplant which lasted hours, according to doctors.
The pig heart transplant was seen as the last resort for Bennett, though doctors did not say if he will survive for long.