Answer key: Man gets Pig heart

Lesson Plan: “The First Successful Transplant of a Pig’s Heart into a Human Being”

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. prognosis  |präɡˈnōsəs| noun (plural prognoses |-ˌsēz| ) the likely course of a disease or ailment: the disease has a poor prognosis.
  2. genetically modified |jəˌnedik(ə)lē ˈmädəfīd| (abbreviation GM) adjective(of an organism or crop) containing genetic material that has been artificially altered so as to produce a desired characteristic: genetically modified viruses to insert new genes into growing plants.
  3. transplant noun |ˈtran(t)splant| an operation in which an organ or tissue is transplanted: a heart transplant | kidneys available for transplant.
  4. brain-dead |ˈbrānˌded| adjective having suffered brain death: brain-dead patients.
  5. watershed |ˈwôdərˌSHedˈwädərˌSHed| noun an event or period marking a turning point in a course of action or state of affairs: these works mark a watershed in the history of music.
  6. hurdle |ˈhərdl| noun an obstacle or difficulty: there are many hurdles to overcome.
  7. monitored |ˈmänədər| verb [with object] observe and check the progress or quality of (something) over a period of time; keep under systematic review: equipment was installed to monitor air quality.
  8. broach verb [with object] 1 raise (a sensitive or difficult subject) for discussion: he broached the subject he had been avoiding all evening.
  9. primate |ˈprīˌmāt| noun Zoology a mammal of an order that includes the lemurs, bushbabies, tarsiers, marmosets, monkeys, apes, and humans. They are distinguished by having hands, handlike feet, and forward-facing eyes, and, with the exception of humans, are typically agile tree-dwellers.
  10. flummoxed |ˈfləməkst| adjective bewildered or perplexed: he became flummoxed and speechless.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition

Mr. Bennett decided to gamble on the experimental treatment because he would have died without a new heart, had exhausted other treatments and was too sick to qualify for a human donor heart, family members and doctors said.

Reading Comprehension: Identify The  Speakers

  1. Dr. Bartley Griffith, the director of the cardiac transplant program at the medical center, who performed the operation. “It creates the pulse, it creates the pressure, it is his heart.”
  2. Dr. David Klassen, the chief medical officer of the United Network for Organ Sharing.“This is a watershed event.”
  3. Mr. Bennett, transplant patient. “It was either die or do this transplant.”
  4. Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin, a professor of surgery at University of Maryland School of Medicine. In the past, pig hearts have been transplanted successfully into baboons by this doctor.