What’s the PIG Deal?

What’s the PIG Deal?

Humans have existed for approximately 6 million years, but it is believed that we shared a common ancestor with pigs roughly 80 million years ago. In our current setting, it is not surprising that pigs are ideally used in research or the clinical setting as a model in studying human anatomical structure due to its resemblance in our vital cavity, integumentary framework, and even when it comes to the function of our hearts.

All of this would not be possible without our genetic similarity, which is approximately 84 percent, and our DNA similarity, which is about 92 percent. However, given today’s rapid medical advancements, what is it that made a heart transplant a big deal? 

The immense complexities of the human body constitute a pro-intelligent planning assertion that functions similarly to creationists’ belief in the uniformity of the universe. Having unrivaled intellectual capabilities among all other species due to the combination of our various systems, which create a coherent organism but exemplify symmetry on the inside, is just one example of our body’s incredible feat.

This is why, in the means of perfecting actual practicalities, the big challenge there is towards achieving a step closer to fully understanding how and when is the matter of time for xenotransplantation to be what we call the solution. 

Although at long last, after six decades with Peter Brian Medawar, a British Zoologist who discovered acquired immunological tolerance, becoming the roots of transplantation through rabbits, started this path of breakthrough for the First Successful Transplant of Porcine Heart into Adult Human with End-Stage Heart Disease. 

According to Dr. Bartley P. Griffith, the prominent figure who surgically transplanted a pig heart into David Bennett, the 57-year-old patient with terminal heart disease, highlighted this successful procedure.

“This was a breakthrough surgery, and it brought us one step closer to solving the organ shortage crisis,” as he explains furthermore that “There are simply not enough donor human hearts available to meet the long list of potential recipients.” 

Having no other option left and being fully aware of the consequences, it was a do-or-die decision for Bennett, but he answered with a full smile to move forward with it. In an interview with his son, he stated that “He could not live, or he could last a day, or he could last a couple of days. I mean, we’re in the unknown at this point, but he realizes the magnitude of what was done, and he realizes the importance of it”, after sharing that his father received a heart valve of a pig ten years ago.

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