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University of Maryland doctors in Baltimore performed the first successful transplant of pig heart into human.

According to The Mirror, surgeons transplanted a heart from a genetically modified pig into a human patient in order to save his life.

If all goes well, this could be the start of life-saving treatment for many patients in dire need.

57-year-old David Bennett received a heart like no other . He was ineligible for a human transplant and, while doctors couldn’t guarantee the transplant would work, the surgery was a matter of life or death, so he rolled the dice.

“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,” he said before undergoing the 7-hour surgery Friday at a Baltimore hospital.

📸 University of Maryland Medical Center

According to The Mirror, the 57-year-old has shown no signs of rejection in the first three days since receiving the organ.

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