Boys Heart Being Held Together With Pig & Cow Tissue

Matthew Blackwell's heart is being held together by the tissues of a pig and a cow.

In the three years Matthew has been alive, he has been through two open heart surgeries, one of them the Norwood/Rastelli procedure, which has only been performed a few times in the world; it is being reported by stuff.co.nz.

Soon after his birth, Matthew's parents were told he had a congenital heart defect, but doctors wanted to try the risky, eight-hour surgery. (Continue)