Pig hearts adapted for human use could be available to patients within three years, the surgeon who pioneered heart transplantation in the UK has said.
Sir Terence English, who performed Britain’s first successful heart transplant 40 years ago on Sunday, believes “xenotransplantation” could all but eradicate the donor waiting list.
He told The Sunday Telegraph that his protege during the 1979 operation is preparing to perform the world’s first pig-to-human kidney transplant “before the end of this year”, which – if successful – would open the door to more complex organs.
There are currently around 280 patients waiting for a heart transplant in the UK. Suitable donated organs are scarce because…