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Ex-convict who became the first ever patient to receive transplant of genetically-altered Pig heart dies two months later

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David Bennett, 57, the first man to receive a transplant of a genetically altered pig heart has died two months after the successful transplant.

Bennett from Hagerstown Maryland, died Tuesday, March 8, at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The cause of death was not revealed but doctors from the Maryland hospital that carried out the surgery told reporters on Wednesday, March 9, that his condition had deteriorated over the past several days.
Bennet received a groundbreaking transplant where the pig's heart was genetically modified in a way that would prevent a human body from rejecting it.




Before the transplant, the man was already in a desperate condition but did not meet criteria to receive a normal, human heart transplant.
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 .
'We hope this story can be the beginning of hope and not the end,' he said. 'We pray that those looking for hope will continue to fight for the future, fight for new ideas, fight for answers, fight for life. Fight like Dave.' 

The doctors who worked with Bennett praised the 57-year-old for his bravery. 
'We are devastated by the loss of Mr. Bennett. He proved to be a brave and noble patient who fought all the way to the end. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family,' Dr. Bartley Griffith, the surgeon who led Bennett's transplant said in a statement. 'Mr. Bennett became known by millions of people around the world for his courage and steadfast will to live.'

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