First pig heart to human transplant is a game-changer, say surgeons
Surgeons at the University of Maryland in the US have successfully completed the world's first pig to human heart transplant.
Muhammad Mohiuddin, who co-founded the university's xenotransplantation programme, said that the heart is beating very well and beyond expectations.
David Bennett, 57, who received the pig heart in a seven-hour experimental operation, had been deemed ineligible for a human heart transplant.
The operation marks the culmination of years of research for the medical team behind the transplant and could change lives around the world.
I thought Dad's pig heart transplant was delirium
A US man, who has become the first person in the world to receive a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig, is "doing extremely well" after the procedure, according to his son.
David Bennett, 57, underwent the experimental seven-hour procedure as a "last choice", after being deemed ineligible for a human transplant.
Speaking outside the University of Maryland, Mr Bennett's son, David Bennett Jr., gave the BBC an update on his father's condition.
Published10 hours agoSectionBBC NewsSubsectionUS & Canada