US bloke receives first pig-human heart transplant
We all know that your heart is the most important part of your body. That’s why, when it goes wrong, that s**t can be f**ken scary. Fortunately, we live in a world that can handle that s**t. Yeah, nah, deadset, these days, even if you can’t get a human heart because of an organ shortage, experts can MacGyver the f**k out of things and get you going again. Just ask this bloke…
David Bennett was in a bad way when he found out he was ineligible for a human heart transplant. As you can imagine that s**t’s a real kick in the teeth, and it left him floating up s**t creek in a barbed-wire canoe.
Due to his life-threatening arrhythmia, he was basically looking at a death sentence without intervention. Fortunately, that intervention came in the form of a pig’s heart and experimental surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
When given the choice, it was a no-brainer for Bennett. He reckons, “It was either die or do this transplant. I want to live. I know it’s a shot in the dark, but it’s my last choice. I look forward to getting out of bed after I recover.”
Doctors sourced a heart from a 108kg pig for the surgery. Of course, we’d be bulls**tting you if we acted like they just had to whack the c**t in there and be done. Yeah, nah, they got a regenerative medicine company called Revivicor to work their magic and genetically alter the heart so it would be accepted by Dave’s body.
They whipped out three pig genes, slapped in six human ones, and Bob’s your uncle. Yeah, nah, deadset. Piece of piss.
In all seriousness, it’s obviously early days, but the early signs are that the heart has been accepted. Dr Bartley Griffith, the director of the cardiac transplant program at the medical center, reckons, “It’s working and it looks normal. We are thrilled, but we don’t know what tomorrow will bring us. This has never been done before.”
Final thought: We bloody love this, and we’ve got all our trotters crossed for Dave. We hope he comes through this with flying colours and millions more are able to benefit from the surgery in the future. F**k yes, Science. F**k yes!
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