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Hospital Defends Transplanting Pig Heart Into Patient With Criminal Past

Added 01-14-22 01:16:02pm EST - “The University of Maryland Medical Center said the man's eligibility was "based solely on his medical records."” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Hospital Defends Transplanting Pig Heart Into Patient With Criminal Past”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Maryland hospital is defending its decision to transplant a pig’s heart into a dying man following reports that the patient had a criminal past, saying his eligibility was “based solely on his medical records.”

David Bennett, 57, is still recovering from last week’s highly experimental transplant, a medical first and a step in the quest to one day ease shortages of human organs by using animals. While the new heart is functioning, it’s too soon to know how Bennett will fare.

On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that 34 years ago Bennett was charged with a stabbing that left a young man paralyzed. The state’s Division of Corrections told the newspaper that Bennett was released from prison in 1994 after serving six years of a 10-year prison sentence.

In a statement Thursday, the University of Maryland Medical Center said doctors are obligated to provide the best care for every patient regardless of their background.

Bennett’s son, David Bennett Jr., issued a separate statement declining to discuss his father’s past and saying he hoped to focus on “my father’s wish to contribute to the science and potentially to save patient lives in the future.”

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