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Surgeons perform second pig heart transplant, trying to save a dying man

  • Surgeons at the University of Maryland Medicine have successfully transplanted a pig's heart into a dying Navy veteran, marking the second time this experimental procedure has been performed. The patient, who was ineligible for a traditional heart transplant due to other health problems, had an early positive response to the pig organ.
  • The University of Maryland Medicine team used a pig heart from Revivicor, a company that genetically modifies pig organs to be more compatible with the human immune system. This development offers hope for xenotransplants, as previous attempts at animal-to-human organ transplants failed due to immune rejection.
  • The Food and Drug Administration's approval of this second case suggests that they are not yet ready to permit a clinical trial for pig heart transplants. Other hospitals have also been conducting studies on pig kidneys and hearts to advance xenotransplantation research.
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