The case of the man who made history as he received a modified pig heart with a transplant takes a different turn. David Bennett, 57, became the first person in the world to undergo a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig..
This operation was considered as a great new chapter in medicine and the last chance for the recipient. The pig transplant was the last hope to save the man’s life, although it is not yet clear what his life expectancy is now. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted special authorization for the groundbreaking transplant on the grounds that the patient would otherwise have died.
According to the BBC, however, the past of the 57-year-old man is reprehensible. According to the report and according to the victim’s family, Bennett once stabbed a man, leaving him paralyzed.
“He did not deserve the heart”
David Bennett was convicted of stabbing Edward Schumacher in 1988, his sister told the BBC Today.
Leslie Schumacher Downey, whose brother died in 2007, said she thought Bennett did not deserve the operation. However, the transplant team said that someone’s criminal record could never be a reason for refusing treatment.
“It’s the duty of any hospital or health care organization to provide care to every patient who walks through their doors based on their medical needs,” University of Maryland Medical Center officials told the New York Times.
Ten years in prison for the attack
The attack took place in April 1988 when Bennett’s wife sat at the feet of Schumacher, who was 22, Downey said. In an apparent outburst of jealousy, Bennett stabbed Schumacher repeatedly in the back.
Bennett was found guilty of assault and possession of a firearm and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Downey said no one had contacted her about Bennett taking the pig’s heart and learning the news when her daughter texted her. “My second daughter texted me and said, ‘Mom, this is the man who stabbed Uncle Ed.’ “Then I read the story and got angry because he had taken heart.”