On a Tuesday, the year 1995, Graham, a 57-year-old patient on the verge of congestive heart failure, received a call that a donor has been found. This donor committed suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After the successful transplant, Graham got in touch with the donor’s family, married his wife and after a whopping 12 years later,  kills himself through the same technique. In an interview held a couple of years after his marriage, he admitted to the reporter that after seeing the donor’s ex-wife, he felt as if he had already known her for years.

Ever since heart transplant surgeries were a success in 1967, scientists were skeptical about what is now referred to as, Cellular Memory Phenomenon.  This was provoked through the close observation of recipients, who repeatedly report bizarre distant memories and new personal preferences. Exactly how much can the cells of an organ, other than the brain, mainly the heart in this case, store memories? The Discovery Channel aired a documentary titled “Transplanting memories” where various experts gave their opinion on the matter.

If such phenomenon truly exists, where are these memories located inside the cells? Could it be the DNA? But this is sheltered inside the nucleus and remains entangled except when cellular division takes place. This makes its access difficult, but after all, it cannot be THAT difficult, otherwise mutagenic agents wouldn’t have succeeded.

Possibly proteins. Dr. Candace Pert stated that, since the brain and human organs are linked through a massive network of peptides. She said “I believe that memory can be accessed anywhere in the peptide/receptor network. For instance, a memory associated with food may be linked to the pancreas or liver, and such associations can be transplanted from one person to another.”

Source:  The Medical News

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3 Responses to “It saved him, then killed him”
  1. Bless League says:

    Wow interesting topic….but it’s kinda hard to believe ,imagine that a patient has to review his donor’s life to make sure nothing will go wrong later on !!! and what do you think about this if we r saying that graham marriage to the donor’s wife was based on the heart cellular memory ,
     “kills himself through the same technique.” what does this have to do with heart memories if the donor decided to kill him self isn’t this related to the brain?

  2. Well, I do admit the scheme is a bit awkward and you have a point there. If Graham had already been dead by the time he decided to commit suicide, how could his heart later on “remember” that he had committed suicide? But there might be a ‘personality factor’ involved in the matter…so if the same precursors are there, the outcome will eventually turn out to be the same.

  3. I like it . very nice post radwa

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