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Pig Heart Transplant – An impossible made possible

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Hey guys, Welcome to FactsMinister. Have you ever thought that a Pig’s heart can be transplanted in to a human body. Today, we are going to share such a an amazing story of a pig Heart Transplant.

A 57-year-old American citizen in Maryland named David Bennett suffering from a fatal heart disease received a genetically engineered pig heart in first-of-its-kind transplant surgery. In the last effort to save the patient with zero hopes of survival, physicians transplanted a pig heart into the patient, who is now very well recovering from the most successful operation. The hospital staff in Maryland are confident about the surgery and said that their experiment had shown a light towards the incidence of proper working of animal to human organs.

History of the Heart Transplant from animals to Human

Hardy, a surgeon, performed the first human heart transplant in the 1960s, using a chimp heart, but the patient died within two hours. The chimp’s heart was too short to manage the blood circulation in a human being, and the patient died within a few hours. The next daring effort, which Bailey performed after Hardy,  who transplanted a baboon’s heart in an infant’. However, all was well in the starting. Still, after the next few weeks, the patient died with this. The whole process failed, but it enticed the people to look into the possibility of transplants in Future.

In 1977 with eagerness to try it, the surgeons died in it, and ultimately Scientific Community gave up the option of transplantation of animal hearts. After a few decades, Baruah and Jonathan Ho studied the pig heart transplant possibility in humans, and they performed this experiment. Still, it ultimately failed as the patient passed away within 15 hours.

The Way Forward – Future of animal parts transplant in Humans

After analyzing the history of unsuccessful transplants, many scientists and doctors have given up the possibility of animal heart transplants in Humans, let alone a pig heart transplant. Still, the experiment conducted in Maryland has raised a question to the scientific community: Is this even possible? Can we accomplish this in Future? But as of now, the answer is not clear as we don’t know its been just three days since the operation was conducted, and the patient is still under observation. Still, the patient survives, it will be a significant milestone in the history of surgery, and Animal transplants can save many lives in  Human beings.

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