Cocaine was reportedly used by doctors used in order to facilitate the recent historical landmark of giving a man a heart transplant with the organ of a pig.
Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin, director of xenotransplantation, claimed that the heart was “fortified” with cocaine after being tweaked at the DNA level to reduce the chance of the body rejecting the organ.
The cocaine was mixed with a cocktail of hormones, which kept the tissues from deteriorating as it traveled from overseas.
“The cocaine name pops out because everybody thinks, ’Oh my God, what is cocaine doing in here?’ ” Mohiuddin said.
According to the New York Post, drug enforcement officials in the US were alarmed as the heart came in, as cocaine has never before been used for such a purpose.
Furthermore, the solution made turned out to be critical in keeping the organ healthy while in transit.
“When we were not using this solution, we were getting failures within 48 hours. But when we started using this and infusing the heart with this solution, the heart became well preserved and started beating very well,” he said.
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