David Bennett Wikipedia – David Bennett Bio
David Bennett, who received the world’s first pig heart transplant, once stabbed a man seven times, leaving him paralysed, his victim’s family have revealed.
Bennett was convicted of the 1988 stabbing of Edward Shumaker; his sister told Radio 4’s Today show.
He is 57 years old.
David Bennett Guilty in 1988 Stabbing
Leslie Shumaker Downey said that her brother died in 2007 after almost two decades of medical complications linked to the attack.
She said Mr Bennett was an unworthy recipient of the pioneering surgery.
But the team who carried out the operation said that someone’s criminal record could never be grounds for refusing them treatment.
The attack took place in April 1988 when Mr Bennett’s wife sat on the lap of Mr Shumaker, who was 22, Ms Downey said.
In an apparent jealous rage, Mr Bennett repeatedly stabbed Mr Shumaker in the back.
Mr Bennett was found guilty of battery and carrying a concealed weapon and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Ms Downey said nobody had contacted her about Mr Bennett receiving the pig heart and only heard the news when her daughter messaged her.
“My second daughter sent me an instant message and said: ‘Mum, this is the man who stabbed uncle Ed.’ I then read the story and got angry because he had received the heart,” she said.
Pig Heart Transplant
Mr Bennett is recovering after the experimental seven-hour procedure in Baltimore.
The transplant was considered the last hope of saving Mr Bennett’s life, though it is not yet clear his long-term survival chances.
But Ms Downey said she did not believe he deserved the heart.
“They’re putting Bennett in the storylines, portraying him as a hero and a pioneer but he’s nothing of that sort,” she said.
“I think the doctors who did the surgery should be getting all the praise for what they have done, not Mr Bennett.”
David Bennett Died
A man who received a first-of-its-kind heart transplant from a genetically modified pig died Tuesday, two months after the groundbreaking procedure.
The cause of 57-year-old David Bennett’s death was not immediately disclosed. Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center didn’t say whether it was connected to any complications from the transplant.
In a statement on Wednesday, the hospital said Bennett “began deteriorating several days ago.”
“After it became clear that he would not recover, he was given compassionate palliative care,” the hospital said. “He was able to communicate with his family during his final hours.”
Bennett’s son, David Bennett Jr., thanked his father’s doctors for their efforts in a statement he released through the hospital.
“Their exhaustive efforts and energy, paired with my dad’s insatiable will to live, created a hopeful environment during an uphill climb,” Bennett Jr. said.
“Up until the end, my father wanted to continue fighting to preserve his life and spend more time with his beloved family, including his two sisters, his two children, and his five grandchildren, and his cherished dog Lucky. We were able to spend some precious weeks together while he recovered from the transplant surgery, weeks we would not have had without this miraculous effort.”