Tissue valve replacement

Q: My mother has a heart problem. She currently has a mechanical valve (st Jude’s metal valve) and the problem is she gets admitted into hospital every 2 weeks due to high blood levels and clotting of blood all over her body. The doctor said that if she replaces the mechanical valve with a pigs tissue valve she won’t have that problem again. Is it permissible to use it for medical purposes?


A: If it is possible, we suggest that you use tissue vales made from bovine as an alternative. However if there is no other alternative, then under the circumstance it will be permissible.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)