Northern Michigan Doctor Helps Save Man With Pig Heart Transplant

A doctor from Northern Michigan is helping give hope to heart patients with a first-of-its-kind medical procedure.

57-year-old David Bennett had terminal heart disease.

Now he’s recovering after a successful transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart.

Bennett was dying and this was the only option for him because of the severity of his disease.

A team of doctors at the University of Maryland medicine performed the surgery.

One of them, Dr. Barry Deatrick, is from Sault Ste. Marie.

The surgery took 7 hours to complete.

Doctors are monitoring Bennett very closely to see how his body reacts to the new organ.

Click the video below to watch his full interview from Wednesday on ‘The Four.’