Pig with Penza prototype coronary stent soon returning to farm
Penza, 17 December 2015. PenzaNews. The pig that underwent an experimental operation to implant a prototype a coronary stent graft in aorta in Penza nearly a week ago potentially will be returning back to the farm from the “Rameev” technopark pre-clinical research and test center as soon as on Monday, December 21, announced Irina Yefimova, head manager of the center.
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She presented the pig in his current rehabilitation location to the journalists on Thursday, December 17, and expressed her belief that the conditions will be much more convenient and comfortable back in the farm.
“Although we will be missing him a lot for quite a while,” she added.
Once a week, the male pig nicknamed Gavr will be visited by a veterinarian, and researchers will be taking samples regularly, Irina Yefimova explained.
“He will be back here nine months later. If we hold X-Ray and ultrasound scans and find it necessary to withdraw him from the experiment, the test will be concluded at that time,” said the head manager of the pre-clinical research and test center.
According to Irina Yefimova, the pig’s current status is within the threshold set by the medics at the early stage of the experiment.
“The animal feels good, he looks fairly upbeat and happy. He eats well, and every other bodily functions also go well. This animal has a long and happy life ahead of him,” she believes.
Irina Yefimova also commented on the pig’s kind and easygoing behavior.
Describing Gavr’s treatment, she explained that currently the pig eats special low-calorie food in order to avoid any overload for the body after the recent surgery.