Mystery surrounds death of first pig-heart transplant patient

The US surgeon who performed the transplant says porcine cytomegalovirus may have contributed to his death, but it is still not known
Australian Associated Press
Surgeons prepare a pig heart for transplantation. University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Surgeons say they “don’t know” why the first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig died two months after the groundbreaking procedure.

The University of Maryland team have discovered the organ harboured porcine cytomegalovirus, but cannot yet say if it played any role in the man’s death.