Iranian researchers have managed to graft human heart's aortic valve on to a sheep, helping the animal to live even 5 months after the surgery.
Photo: Surgery room at Tehran University's veterinary hospital
Iran has embarked on conducting several important research plans on different medical and veterinary domains since last year, one of which is transplanting human's aortic valve to several sheep, said Secretary of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution Mokhber Dezfouli.
He added all the sheep survived between one week to one month, but one of which is still alive 5 months after the operation.
Dezfouli said that Iran also plans to study the possibility of transplanting animal organs into the human body.
In recent years, Iran has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields.
In 2009, Iranian surgeons for the first time in the world transplanted a patient's heart and her two lungs simultaneously in a Tehran hospital.
"Doing such a transplant was a medical wish. Simultaneous surgeries, maintaining anesthesia and high post-operation bleeding all make this surgery very cumbersome, but this long-awaited wish eventually came true in the Masih Daneshvari Hospital, "Ali Akbar Velayati, the hospital president, said at the time.
Dr. Velayati further pointed out that simultaneous transplantation can be done "more in children and adolescents before maturity age who suffer from acute respiratory problems due to congenital heart diseases".
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