Unceremoniously lifting the surgical cloth that covers the heart, Roberts describes what he sees. The history of the heart is there, incontrovertibly embedded in the organ. Most are cocooned in hard yellow fat. [...]
Murtha awoke in an intensive care unit, with a new heart bounding in his chest. His old heart went first to the pathology lab for an autopsy. At that point, Roberts claims, "99.5 percent of hospitals throw the hearts away. They just don't have the space to keep them." Baylor is different, however. Their lab contains thousands of hearts in permanent storage, making it one of the most extensive cardiac research facilities in the world. The availability of these organs creates a unique opportunity for a program like Heart-to-Heart. [...]
Hendrix had expected to see something "black and shriveled, probably three times the normal size, and just jello-like."
Bell had expected a big red ideograph, "like when you open a Valentine's card."
"It wasn't like that at all though," he continued. "What it reminded me of, was a piece of roast beef."
Transplant Recipients Hold Their Own Hearts
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