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First Successful Transplant of Porcine Heart into Adult Human Heart with End-Stage Disease

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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Source Name: University of Maryland Medical Center


University of Maryland Medical Center

On January 10, 2021, the University of Maryland School of Medicine annnounced that Dr. Bartley P. Griffith and his team successfully transplanted a genetically modified pig heart in a 57-year-old man with end-stage heart failure, and the patient was doing well three days later. 

This historic xenotransplant operation may provide an important new option for patients with terminal heart disease in dire need of heart donor and a viable solution to the organ crisis. 


The first xenograft heart transplant was actually performed by James Hardy in 1964. This was also the very first heart transplant. Hence, it’s not correct that the first Xenotransplant was performed in 1980 as stated above.

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