Leslie Downey (pictured), whose brother was left paralyzed by David Bennett, said the ex-con did not deserve the innovative medical treatment and wishes the pig heart could have been given to someone else in need
The sister of a man left paralyzed by the world’s first person to successfully have a heart transplant using a pig’s heart slammed the now-famous ex-con as ‘not a worthy recipient.’
David Bennett, 57, who received the groundbreaking heart transplant last week, was convicted for attacking Edward Shumaker, then 22, while he played pool at a Maryland bar in April 1988 after he caught his then-wife Norma Jean Bennett sitting in Shumaker’s lap while the pair were talking and drinking.
Shumaker was paralyzed after being stabbed seven times in the back, abdomen and chest. He survived for 19 years before suffering a stroke in 2005 and dying two years later at age 40.
His sister, Leslie Shumaker Downey, bemoaned the praise being heaped on a man who robbed her younger…