Washington: Pigs can certainly save lives, whether they have feathers or can fly. In a ground breaking first type of surgery, doctors at the University of Maryland School of Medicine outside Washington, DC, succeeded in transplanting a transgenic pig heart into a 57-year-old patient with terminal illness.
Patient, Maryland resident David Bennett The university’s medical center said on Monday that it was on track three days after surgery. The surgeon revealed that the transplanted heart was functioning normally, creating the pulse and pressure associated with the human heart. The surgery was done on Friday and took about 8 hours.
The patient is still connected to the heart-lung machine that kept him alive before surgery, but doctors said the new heart is doing most of the work and there are currently no signs of refusal. He will be unloaded from the machine on Tuesday.
“We are cautious, but we are also optimistic that this world’s first surgery will provide patients with important new options in the future,” said Dr. Bartley P. Griffith The breakthrough achievement chief surgeon said in the long run, foreseeing a solution to the crisis of organ shortage.
Some pig organs and cells, especially heart valves and skin, were previously used in humans, but this is the first time a complete pig heart has been transplanted into humans. A pioneer in the field of transplanting animal organs, called xenotransplantation, is Dr. Mohammed, a Pakistani-American. Mohiudin After graduating from Dow Medical College in Karachi, he was part of the surgical team, launching UMSOM’s Xenograft Program with Dr. Griffith.
“This is the culmination of many years of highly complex research to hone this technique in animals with a survival time of more than 9 months. The FDA uses data and data on experimental pigs to use the end-stage heart. He approved the transplant to the sick patient. There was no other treatment option, “he added, adding that the successful procedure provided valuable information to improve ways to save the potential lives of future patients. rice field.
The doctor had to go to a pig heart transplant instead of the traditional one because Bennett’s condition did not allow him to qualify for a human transplant. According to the university, he was hospitalized for a life-threatening arrhythmia more than six weeks ago and was connected to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO). In addition to not being eligible for a transplant list, he was considered unqualified for an artificial heart pump due to an arrhythmia.
He then agreed to a pig transplant, even after being informed about the risks. “It was either dying or doing this transplant. I want to live. I know it’s a shot in the dark, but that’s my last choice,” he said the day before surgery. .. According to Dr. Griffith, Bennett joked when he was briefed on the nature of the unprecedented procedure.
Bennett has won praise from doctors and managers for his decision to die or die. “We have made the extraordinary decision to participate in this groundbreaking procedure not only to extend our lives, but also for the future benefit of others, this living. Thank you for the tremendous courage of the recipients. ” Mohan Santa| Said the President and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Systems.