Iranian physicians managed to transplant the aortic valve of animals successfully, an official announced on Monday.

" Iran has acquired the know - how to transplant aortic valve in animals, " Secretary of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution Mokhber Dezfouli said in Tehran today. He elaborated on the process in which the Iranian physicians could replace the aortic valve in animals, and said the operation was carried out on a sheep first and then on other animals and the sheep which has undergone the surgery is still alive after five months. Dezfouli said that Iran also plans to study the possibility of transplanting animal organs into the human body. In recent years, Iran has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields. In 2009, Iranian surgeons for the first time in the world transplanted a patient ' s heart and her two lungs simultaneously in a Tehran hospital. " Doing such a transplant was a medical wish. Simultaneous surgeries, maintaining anesthesia and high post - operation bleeding all make this surgery very cumbersome, but this long - awaited wish eventually came true in the Masih Daneshvari Hospital, " Ali Akbar Velayati, the hospital president, said at the time. Dr. Velayati further pointed out that simultaneous transplantation can be done " more in children and adolescents before maturity age who suffer from acute respiratory problems due to congenital heart diseases ".