The first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig has died, two months after the groundbreaking experiment, the Maryland hospital that performed the surgery announced Wednesday.
David Bennett, 57, of Hagerstown Maryland, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Doctors didn´t give an exact cause of death, saying only that his condition had begun deteriorating several days earlier.
Bennett’s son praised the hospital for offering the last-ditch experiment, saying the family hoped it would help further efforts to end the organ shortage.
‘We are grateful for every innovative moment, every crazy dream, every sleepless night that went into this historic effort,’ David Bennett Jr. said in a statement released by the school.
After the January 7 operation, Bennett’s son told The Associated Press his father knew there was no guarantee it would work.
Doctors didn’t reveal the exact cause of Bennett’s death.