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Patient recovering after Baltimore doctors perform pig heart transplant

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The man who received the first pig heart transplant is continuing to recover from the experimental surgery.

David Bennett on Tuesday was taken off the heart-lung machine that had been supporting his new heart. A spokeswoman for the University of Maryland School of Medicine said his recovery is “still day to day and will be for the next few weeks.”

The 57-year-old Bennett got the highly experimental transplant last Friday at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Doctors gave him the genetically modified pig heart as a last-ditch effort to save his life. He was too sick to get a human heart transplant.