The American magazine MIT Technology Review published about the man who died after living two months with a pig’s heartwhich studies reveal that the heart was infected by a porcine virus.
On January 7, David Bennett, 57, received the heart of a genetically modified pig.. For two months, the heart of a pig was beating inside a human body, giving rise to a historic transplant that opened a new life expectancy for patients who were on the waiting list to receive an organ.
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On March 8, it was announced that David, the first man to survive a pig heart transplant, He had died at the University of Maryland Hospital.
Autopsy reveals that the pig heart transplanted into a human had a virus
Following the death of David Bennett, the causes of death were pending.pending the studies required for the first transplant from a pig heart to a human.
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Now, the first published results reveal that the heart transplanted to Bennett was infected with a porcine cytomegalovirusan animal virus that could have contributed to his demise.
Surgeon Bartley Griffith, who led the transplant, said “We are beginning to find out why he died. maybe [el virus] was the actoror it could be the actor, who triggered everything, “Griffith explained, according to the American magazine MIT Technology Review.
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Bennett received a heart from a pig from the Blacksburg-based company Revivicor, USA. The animals are genetically modified to facilitate the acceptance of the porcine organ by the human body’s defences, the heart that Bennett received had ten genetic modifications.