Revolutionary Heart Transplant Patient Has Criminal Record
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A sick man from Maryland who received a pig’s heart last week as part of a pioneering transplant procedure has a criminal record resulting from an incident 34 years ago in which he repeatedly stabbed a youngster man, leaving him paralyzed.
The victim, Edward Shumaker, spent two decades in a wheelchair, suffering from numerous medical complications before dying in 2007 at the age of 40, according to the Washington Post, which first published Thursday’s criminal record. transplant patient.
The patient, David Bennett Sr., 57, is being closely watched at the University of Maryland Medical Center for signs that his body is rejecting a heart received from a genetically engineered pig. He was still fine on Thursday, hospital officials said.
Mr. Bennett was charged in 1988 with assault, bodily harm and dismemberment with intent to murder, according to court records obtained by The New York Times. He was found guilty on less serious charges, The Washington Post reported.
In an attempt to recover his substantial medical bills, Mr. Shumaker and his family sued Mr. Bennett in civil court and were awarded $ 3.4 million in damages.
Officials at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where the transplant operation was performed, said in a statement that healthcare providers are committed to treating all patients, regardless of their history or history. their life circumstances.
“It is the solemn obligation of any hospital or health care organization to provide life-saving care to every patient who walks through their doors according to their medical needs,” officials said.
“Any other standard of care would set a dangerous precedent and violate the ethical and moral values that underlie the obligation of physicians and caregivers to all patients in their care.”
Through the medical center, Mr Bennett Sr.’s son David Bennett Jr., who was a young boy when the assault took place, declined to comment on his father’s criminal history.
“I don’t want to talk about my father’s past,” he said in a statement from the University of Maryland. “My intention is to focus on groundbreaking surgery and my father’s wish to contribute to science and potentially save patients’ lives in the future. “
This developing story will be updated.
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