12 July 2008, JellyBean @ 3:58 am

TransplantCan elements of a person’s character – or perhaps even their soul – be transplanted along with a heart?

This is what Claire Sylvia believes to be the case and she is one to know. In 1988 she received a heart/lung transplant following her diagnosis of primary pulmonary hypertension. The donor was an 18 year old boy who had been killed in a motorcycle accident.

Claire claims that since the transplant, she seems to be acquiring the characteristics and cravings of the donor. Almost as if his personality is merging with her own.

She says that she felt different right from the beginning. The new heart ‘beat differently’ to her old one and she felt that it was beating deeper in her chest. Her doctor said that this could result from the new heart being positioned differently in her chest.


She also noticed while still in the hospital that she had a craving for beer, which previously she had disliked. It was this craving which first got her wondering about the donor.

A few months later she discovered that she had a fondness for other things which she had previously disliked: Snickers bars, green peppers and KFC chicken nuggets. But these were not the only changes.

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