If your heart were damaged beyond repair, but you could regain your health for a few more years by getting a heart transplant from a genetically engineered pig, would you?
I feel like, for a lot of people, this would be some kind of moral quandary. It’s really not for me. I mean, if they can get a pig’s heart to function like a human heart, why not?
No, for me it isn’t a question of animal rights or the morality of replacing human organs with those of animals. It’s more like, this is my heart. It’s my engine. When that dies, shouldn’t that be it for me?
I don’t think I’d do it. Even if insurance covered it as a surgery that isn’t elective. I’d be comfortable assuming it was my time to go.
What about you? Would you have an issue having a pig heart in place of your own? Let me know in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.