Historic pig coronary heart recipient was convicted in 1988 stabbing


The first-ever pig coronary heart transplant recipient as soon as stabbed a bar patron seven occasions in a brutal assault that now has the sufferer’s surprised household questioning why the life-saving organ didn’t go to somebody extra “deserving,” a report mentioned Thursday.

David Bennett, a 57-year-old affected by terminal coronary heart illness, was convicted of the 1988 bar stabbing of Edward Shumaker, according to The Washington Post.

Shumaker’s heartbroken sister, Leslie Shumaker Downey, now says the second probability at a coronary heart ought to have gone to another person.

“Ed suffered,” Downey advised the paper. “The devastation and the trauma, for years and years, that my family had to deal with.” 

The assault pressured her brother to make use of a wheelchair, led to a stroke and finally his demise whereas Bennett has a brand new lease on life. 

“[Bennett] went on and lived a good life. Now he gets a second chance with a new heart — but I wish, in my opinion, it had gone to a deserving recipient,” she mentioned.

David Bennett Sr., his son, David Bennett Jr , left, and Muhammad Mohiuddin, scientific director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine's animal-to-human transplant program.David Bennett was convicted of the 1988 bar stabbing of Edward Shumaker, an assault that resulted within the sufferer needing to make use of a wheelchair earlier than having a stroke and dying. University of Maryland School of

Bennett, then 23, attacked Shumaker whereas he was enjoying pool on the Double T Lounge in Hagerstown on April 30, 1988 after his then-wife, Norma Jean Bennett, sat on Shumaker’s lap, in keeping with The Daily Mail, a Hagerstown newspaper.

Bennett struck Shumaker from behind then stabbed him repeatedly within the stomach, chest and again, in keeping with court docket testimony cited by The Washington Post.

Members of the surgical team show the pig heart for transplant into patient David Bennett.Bennett turned the primary particular person to ever efficiently obtain a genetically modified pig coronary heart transplant.AP

He then fled cops in a high-speed chase and was charged with intent to homicide and overtly carrying a hid weapon, amongst different expenses. 

A jury discovered him responsible of battery and carrying a hid weapon however acquitted him of of intent to homicide. Washington County Circuit Judge Daniel Moylan referred to as the stabbing a case of “extreme violence” and sentenced him to 10 years behind bars.

The assault finally tore her household aside, Downey mentioned. “It was just pure hell until the day Ed died,” she mentioned.

Surgeons performing a transplant of a heart from a genetically modified pig to patient David Bennett, Sr.Some critics are outraged that an individual convicted of a violent crime could be awarded an organ that so many others so desperately want. UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF

On Friday, Bennett — who suffered from coronary heart failure and an irregular heartbeat — turned the primary particular person to ever efficiently obtain a genetically modified pig coronary heart transplant in a historic 9-hour surgical procedure.

The first-of-its-kind process saved his life and provided hope to others on organ transplant ready lists, in keeping with medical doctors on the University of Maryland Medical Center.

More than 106,000 Americans are on a nationwide ready checklist for an organ transplant with 17 individuals dying every day whereas they wait — elevating questions in regards to the ethics of who deserves the coveted organs, the paper reported. 

Bennett with members of his family out to dinner.Bennett, pictured along with his household, was affected by terminal coronary heart illness.AP

To some households, it’s an outrage {that a} particular person convicted of a violent crime could be awarded an organ others so desperately want. But medical doctors typically disagree and there are not any legal guidelines prohibiting somebody with a legal historical past from receiving a transplant.

“The key principle in medicine is to treat anyone who is sick, regardless of who they are,” mentioned Arthur Caplan, a bioethics professor at New York University. “We are not in the business of sorting sinners from saints. Crime is a legal matter.”

Instead, different components comparable to an individual’s well being background, historical past of substance abuse or danger of creating an an infection whereas in jail are considered.

David Bennett with family and after his surgeryDecades earlier than his historic coronary heart surgical procedure, Bennett was convicted of repeatedly stabbing a person in a bar earlier than fleeing police.AP

University of Maryland Medical Center officers declined to remark to the paper about whether or not they knew about Bennett’s legal previous.

Officials mentioned the Baltimore hospital gives “lifesaving care to every patient who comes through their doors based on their medical needs, not their background or life circumstances.”

“This patient came to us in dire need,” the officers added.

Bennett’s son, David Bennett Jr, declined to debate his father’s legal file with the paper.

“He has a strong will and desire to live,” he mentioned.

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