The news of the terminally ill man who received a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig went around the world: a medical breakthrough. As the “Washington Post” reports, the recipient of the donor organ is said to have almost taken the life of a person himself. In 1988, David Bennett Senior was convicted of attacking the then 22-year-old Edward Shumaker. He stabbed Shumaker seven times. As a result, Shumaker spent the next 19 years in a wheelchair before suffering a heart attack in 2005 and dying two years later.[Lesen Sie auch: „Großer Schritt für die Xenotransplantation“. Schweineherz erhält erstmals Menschen am Leben (T+)]She wishes that the “second chance” that Bennett received thanks to the latest technology “had gone to a patient who deserved it more,” Shumaker’s sister, Leslie Shumaker Downey, quotes the Washington Post as saying. Officials at the University of Maryland hospital where the surgery was performed responded to the US media’s request with a written statement: “The patient came to us in dire distress. And the decision to have his transplant was based solely on his medical records.” Life-saving treatments would be given to each patient based on their medical needs, not their circumstances. The photo that shook the world: Dave Bennett Sr. with the surgeon Barley Griffith. Photo: imago images/ZUMA Wire Bioethics professor Arthur Caplan told the Post: “This is not about separating sinners from saints. Crime is a matter of law.”[Wenn Sie aktuelle Nachrichten aus Berlin, Deutschland und der Welt live auf Ihr Handy haben wollen, empfehlen wir Ihnen unsere App, die Sie hier für Apple- und Android-Geräte herunterladen können.]At the same time, the paper tries to open up exactly this ethical dimension of the case. Bennett’s victim 34 years ago, Edward Shumaker, was with him in high school. After watching his then-wife Norman Jean Bennett and Shumaker physically approach him, he stabbed him from behind in the stomach, chest and back at a pool table. Bennett was charged with attempted murder but ultimately only convicted of assault.
Donor heart recipient is said to have never paid the fine
He spent six years in prison and paid Shumaker $30,000 in compensation. After a civil lawsuit filed by the victim and his family, Bennett was even ordered to pay $3.4 million, which he never paid. Shumaker suffered from infections and pressure points after the attack and lived in care facilities. His brother, who brought him to the pool bar, accused himself of becoming a drug addict and dying of an overdose in 1999. “My father never talked to me about it in his life,” Bennett Senior’s son is quoted as saying. He will not say anything about the allegations – but is proud of the father’s courage to have the risky operation performed on himself. “He has a strong will and desire to live.” His victim’s sister, Leslie Shumaker Downey, found it hurtful that Bennet Sr. was portrayed as a hero. “He was given a new try at life. But my brother Ed was not given that try. He got the death penalty.”
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