Health, Sci-Tech

Man who received historic first pig-to-human heart transplant in Maryland dies

BALTIMORE, MD—David Bennett, the 57-year old patient with terminal heart disease who made history as the first person to receive a genetically modified pig’s heart, passed away yesterday afternoon on March 8, the University of Maryland Medical Center has announced. Bennett received the transplant on January 7 and lived for two months following the surgery. His condition began deteriorating several …


Education, Health, Sci-Tech

Baltimore County Public Schools officials provide update on when masking requirement might be dropped

UPDATE: Masks will become optional at Baltimore County Public Schools on March 1st. Original story below… ——— TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools officials on Wednesday provided an update on when school masking requirements might be eliminated. On February 10, 2022, Baltimore County’s COVID-19 case rate dropped below 100 cases per 100,000 residents, moving the county out of the CDC’s high …


University of Maryland Medicine performs historic pig-to-human heart transplant

UPDATE: David Bennett passed away on March 8th. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—In a first-of-its-kind surgery, a 57-year-old patient with terminal heart disease received a successful transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart and is still doing well three days later. Officials say it was the only currently available option for the patient. The historic surgery was conducted by University …

Governor Hogan: 10 hospital-based COVID-19 testing sites to open next week

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday toured the location of a new, state-run COVID-19 testing site at UM Laurel Medical Center and announced the locations for nine additional hospital-based testing sites that will open by the end of next week. The new sites will help to meet rising demand for testing and divert people away from visiting hospital emergency rooms …

71-year-old Baltimore man pleads guilty to robbing same bank branch twice in one week

UPDATE: Lloyd Simon has been sentenced to more than 70 months in prison. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—A 71-year-old Baltimore man has pleaded guilty to robbing the same bank branch twice in one week. Lloyd Phillip Simon pleaded guilty to bank robbery charges on Friday, in connection with two 2019 bank robberies. The guilty plea was announced by Acting …