"It was either die or do this transplant. I know it's a shot in the dark, but it's my last choice”, David Bennett explained a day before the surgery.
According to doctors, the patient is feeling well three days after the experimental seven-hour organ transplant procedure.
The animal organ transplant surgery was thought to be the last hope of saving the man's life. Though it remains to be seen what his chances of long-term survival are.
The US medical regulator granted the doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center special permission to operate on the grounds that Mr. Bennett would otherwise have died.
For the medical world, the success of this operation will mean the chances of saving hundreds of people around the world. Surgeon Bartley P. Griffith said the operation would bring the world "one step closer to solving the organ shortage crisis," the University of Maryland School of Medicine reported.
Seventeen people now die every day in the US waiting for an organ transplant. More than 100,000 people are on the waiting list, according to OrganDonor.gov.
In October 2021, surgeons in New York City announced a successful pig kidney transplant for humans. At the time, the surgery was a cutting-edge experiment in the field. However, the recipient had a dead brain, and there was no hope of survival.
In Ukraine in July, for the first time, successful kidney and heart transplants were performed simultaneously on three patients from a postmortem donor.