Washington: America’s doctors have done a great job. A 58-year-old man underwent a successful heart transplant this week. In this heart transplant, a pig’s heart is transplanted into the body of a deceased person. This is only the second time in the world that a pig organ has been transplanted into a human body. Doctors say it will prove to be a new milestone in the field of medicine.
Transplanting animal organs into humans, called xenotransplantation, could solve the chronic shortage of human organ donations, according to news agency AFP. Currently, more than 100,000 Americans are on the waiting list for organ transplants. Prior to the operations, the University of Maryland said in a statement Friday that both heart transplants were performed by specialists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
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The university also said the first patient died two months after the transplant last year due to various reasons, including his poor health. Now this new operation took place on Wednesday, where patient Lawrence Fawcett was ineligible for a donated human heart due to complications such as pre-existing vascular disease and internal bleeding. Fawcett, a father of two, was suffering from heart problems.
The university said Fawcett is breathing on his own and doing well without the help of a new heart assist device. He is taking traditional anti-rejection drugs as well as a new antibody therapy to prevent his body from damaging or rejecting the new organ. According to doctors, he is recovering well and talking to his family members. Doctors hope that after the success of this technology, more than 100,000 Americans will have a new hope of survival.