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ORGAN TRANSPLANTS

ORGAN TRANSPLANTS

Would you consider donating an organ – heart, liver, lungs – to an unknown recipient when you die? Would you consider receiving such an organ from an unknown donor if you needed one? The law relating to organ donation has recently changed in England: as from 20th May 2020 it is assumed that you are willing to donate your organs unless you specifically opt out – something you can do on-line, the link is here: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-your-decision/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwn7j2BRDrARIsAHJkxmzZkflE64RfFIVn3QfkW6sybnVyxlUazvFrr0kr_sgjtlhlS2IILDUaApEcEALw_wcB It was when I heard about this change to the law that I remembered a conversation I had had with Mark the Colour Man many years ago, when we both lived and worked in the Algarve. I can’t remember why we were talking about it, but Mark mentioned research done by a surgeon in the US into personality changes experienced by recipients of organs, where they appeared to take on aspects of the donor. I went hunting and found the surgeon we had talked about – Dr Gary Schwartz – and lots more besides. Let me make it clear before we dive in that this whole topic is highly personal, and I respect that. I am not trying to influence anyone in one direction...