A surgeon who pioneered heart transplantation stated that pig hearts will be adapted for human use in as early as three years, according to The Telegraph
Sir Terence English, the first surgeon to successfully perform a heart transplant in Britain over 40 years ago, believes that “xenotransplantation” will serve to end the organ donor waiting list. Both English and his protégé are preparing to perform the very first pig-to-human kidney transplant. Depending on the success of the operation, which English feels will be successful, more pig-to-human transplants will become a reality for those in need.
“The success of this kidney transplant operation will open the door to other, more complex organs,” stated English. “We are confident that this process will save more lives because people will not have to wait for someone to donate a much-needed organ,” he continued. Thus far, English and his team are finding ways to ensure that a pig’s organ can be used for any person, regardless of their blood type or being a match.