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Patient Who Received Heart Transplant From Pig Dies

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The 57-year-old man who became the first human to have a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig two months ago has died at the hospital in the American city of Baltimore where the transplant took place.

 

Shortly after the transplant, the New York Times spoke of a “medical first that offers hope for hundreds of thousands of patients with failing organs” shortly after the transplant.

The patient had serious heart disease and had agreed to get a pig’s heart as an experiment after being removed from several waiting lists to get a human heart.

It is still unclear whether his body rejected the organ. “No clear cause has been identified at the time of his death,” a spokeswoman for the University of Maryland Medical Center said.

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