First Person David Bennett To Receive Pig Heart Transplant Dies After 2 Months

This photo shows surgeon Dr. Bartley Griffith (L) with patient David Bennett, Sr., in January 2022.


The first person to receive a pig heart transplant has died two months after the historic procedure, the hospital that carried out the surgery said Wednesday.

David Bennett, 57, who passed away March 8, had received his transplant on January 7, University of Maryland Medical System said in a statement.

“His condition began deteriorating several days ago. After it became clear that he would not recover, he was given compassionate palliative care. He was able to communicate with his family during his final hours,” the statement said.

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