Maryland – The first pig heart transplant recipient, David Bennet, 57, from Maryland, United States, is considered a medical sensation.
In a seven-hour operation, the craftsman had a pig’s heart implanted a week ago, with emergency approval from the US FDA.
“I had the choice between dying or having this transplant. I want to live. I know it’s a hit in the dark, but it’s my last choice, ”patient Bennett explained ahead of the operation on Friday. “I can’t wait to get out of bed after my recovery.”
Now it comes out: Bennett has a human life on his conscience!
According to Washington Post research, he was convicted in 1988 after a stabbing in which he seriously injured his opponent, Edward Shumaker. The victim was then dependent on a wheelchair, suffered a stroke and later died in 2005.
Shumaker’s sister Leslie said the second chance in a heart should have gone to someone else. “Ed suffered,” Leslie told the newspaper. His family has faced destruction and trauma for years.
“It was pure hell until the day Ed died,” she said.
Bennett, then 23, attacked Shumaker while playing pool at a bar on April 30, 1988. Bennett’s wife at the time was sitting in Shumaker’s lap, according to the Daily Mail. Bennett then hit Shumaker from behind and stabbed him seven times in the stomach, chest and back, according to the Washington Post citing court statements.
The jury found Bennet guilty of bodily harm and handling of a hidden weapon, but not murder. The verdict: ten years in prison.
More than 106,000 Americans are on a waiting list for organ transplants.
IIs it fair for a convicted violent felon to receive a life-saving organ while other patients have to wait, the paper asks?
“The most important principle in medicine is to treat any sick person, whoever they are,” explains Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at New York University. “It is not our job to distinguish sinners from saints. Crime is a legal act. Matter.”
Officials at the University of Maryland Medical Center have not disclosed whether they know of Bennett’s criminal past. The Baltimore Hospital provides each patient with life-saving treatment “based on their medical needs, not their history or circumstances.”
For David Bennett, a conventional donation was out of the question because his health was too bad: heart failure and irregular heartbeat.
Three days after the highly experimental procedure, Maryland Hospital announced Monday: The patient is fine. By Monday Bennett was already breathing on his own. But then he was still connected to a heart-lung machine to support his new heart.
Her son did not want to talk about his criminal record, but said, “He has a strong will and a desire to live.