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Pig heart patient was jailed for years for stabbing a man who flirted with his wife


David Bennett, the man who successfully got a pig heart in the American state of Maryland last week, appears to have seriously injured a man who flirted with his wife. In 1988 he stabbed him seven times with a knife and was convicted.

The victim’s sister recognized 57-year-old Bennett and believes he does not deserve the medical first. Leslie Shumaker Downey says that Bennett’s wife at the time sat on her brother’s lap in a cafe. The then 23-year-old Bennett could not stomach that. He was found to be carrying a knife with which he stabbed Downey 7 times in the stomach and back.

The man survived the attack, but was paralyzed and struggled with all kinds of medical problems. He eventually died at the age of 41. Bennett was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but is said to have been released after 5 years.

Downey doesn’t think it’s right that the man gets a new heart after everything her brother and her parents have to go through. In the New York Times, she says of Bennett: “The transplant gave him life, but my brother never got a second chance at life. Ed struggled every day for 19 years. No one deserves what he went through.”

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