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Pig’s heart transplants welcomed

JEWS will be obligated to accept pig heart transplants in the future, according to a leading expert in Jewish medical ethics.

And Jews may be allowed to raise pigs for this purpose — something that is traditionally prohibited.

Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman’s comments came after an American man became the world’s first person to receive a heart transplant from a genetically modified pig.

He told the Jewish Telegraph: “As far as I am concerned, Jewish people will not only be allowed this treatment, but they will be obligated to accept it if it is proven to be an effective way of preserving or saving someone's life.

“There is no halachic impediment and no issue of kashrut.

“If a person is likely to die or even have their life shortened there should be no problem.”

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