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First ever pig to man heart transplant

Man gets genetically- modified pig heart in world-first transplant

A man in the United States has become the first man on earth to get a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig.

The victim who is known as David Bennett is doing well three days after the experimental seven-hour procedure in Baltimore doctors say.

According the doctors this transplant was considered the last hope of saving Mr Bennett's life, though it is not yet clear what his long-term chances of survival are.

"It was either die or do this transplant," Mr Bennett explained a day before the surgery.

I know it's a shot in the dark, but it's my last choice" he said.

Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center were granted a special dispensation by the United States medical regulator to carry out the procedure, on the basis that Mr Bennett who has terminal heart disease- would otherwise have died.

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