A pig heart transplant recipient stabbed a man seven times, paralyzing him.
More than three decades after stabbing a man seven times in a bar and paralyzing him, dying handyman David Bennett was given a genetically modified pig heart.
A dying handyman stabbed a man he met in a bar seven times more than three decades ago, becoming the world’s first patient to receive a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig.
According to the Daily Mail, the man was paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair as a result of the stabbing.
After catching his then-wife Norma Jean Bennett sitting in Shumaker’s lap while the two were talking and drinking, David Bennett, 57, was sentenced to prison for assaulting Edward Shumaker, then 22, while he was playing pool at a Maryland bar in April 1988.
Shumaker was hit in the back, abdomen, and chest.
He was paralyzed for 19 years before succumbing to a stroke in 2005 and passing away two years later, at the age of 40.
Bennett, who was 23 at the time of the attack, was found guilty of battery and carrying a concealed weapon and sentenced to ten years in prison, but he did not serve the full term.
Shumaker’s exact sentence is unknown, but his family claims he served five years behind bars.
The former convict, who had terminal heart failure and an uncontrollable irregular heartbeat, underwent a life-saving transplant last Friday.
“The new heart is still a rock star,” Bartley Griffith, the transplant team’s leader at the University of Maryland Medical Center, told USA Today.
It appears to be content in its new home…
It’s far exceeded our expectations.”
Bennett did not deserve the innovative medical treatment, according to Shumaker’s family, who learned of the surgery through media coverage. They wish the pig heart had been given to someone else in need.
“The devastation and the trauma that my family had to deal with for years and years,” Shumaker’s sister, Leslie Shumaker, told the Washington Post.
Bennett went on to have a happy life.
“Now he has a second chance with a new heart, but I wish it had gone to someone who deserved it.”
Doctors must “be committed to providing competent medical service with compassion and respect” to all patients, according to the Medical Code of Ethics.
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