Science allows things unthinkable just a few decades ago. Like, for example, seeing your own heart inside a jar.
jennifer sutton A few days ago he visited an old acquaintance whom he had not “felt” for 16 years: his own heart. “I’ve seen a lot of stuff in jars in my life, but to think that it’s really mine is so weird.“, he confesses to the BBC.
This Briton from Ringwood, in Hampshire, was studying at university, at just 22 years old, when she began to feel that she was getting tired with small efforts, such as climbing a hill.
According to the BBC, the doctors diagnosed her with a restrictive cardiomyopathy. If she didn’t get a heart transplant, she would die.
A dangerous heart transplant
It took a long time before receiving the transplant, where his health deteriorated greatly. It was not an easy step for her, because his mother died on the operating table, from the same operation. But everything went well, and Jennifer Sutton recovered from heart transplant normally.
The doctors asked him to donate the heart to be exhibited in a museum, and he did so. She was willing to do anything to support organ donation, and transplants.
His heart is on display in room 10 of the Hunterian Museum, Holborn. 16 years after the transplant, Jennifer came to visit himin the company of the surgeon who performed the operation:
“As soon as you enter you think ‘that was inside my body‘” he explained in the BBC interview.
Jennifer does not hold a grudge against the heart that failed her in her youth: “But he is also very beautiful, he is like my friend. She has kept me alive for 22 years and I am so proud of her.he”.
Also she is very grateful to her donorsince he recognizes that if it were not for him, he could not have lived all the experiences of the last 16 years, including getting married, something that happened recently, just a year ago.
Advances in science make reality what a few decades ago was science fiction. But there is also a very important human component here: without the generosity of donorsnone of this would be possible.