Man Receives A Heart From A Genetically Altered Pig

A Maryland man has lived for three days with a pig's heart inside of him. U.S. surgeons transplanted a full heart of a genetically modified pig into a 57-year-old man, a medical first that could one day help solve the shortage of organ donations.

The patient was ineligible for a human transplant because of his poor underlying health. He is now recovering and being carefully monitored to determine how the new organ performs.

"It was either die or do this transplant. I want to live. I know it's a shot in the dark, but it's my last choice," the Maryland resident said a day before the surgery.

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