According to doctors, this transplant was the only option available for Faucette who was facing near-certain death from
. “My only real hope left is to go with the pig heart, the xenotransplant,” said Faucette during an interview from his hospital room a few days before his surgery. “Dr. Griffith, Dr. Mohiuddin and their entire staff have been incredible, but nobody knows from this point forward. At least now I have hope, and I have a chance,” he added.
He is currently breathing on his own, and his heart is functioning well without any assistance from supportive devices.”We are once again offering a dying patient a shot at a longer life, and we are incredibly grateful to Faucette for his bravery and willingness to help advance our knowledge of this field,” Bartley P. Griffith, MD, who surgically transplanted the pig heart into both the first and second patient at UMMC, said in a statement.
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