Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Does The Heart Contain The Soul?

Yesterday, the Mail told the extraordinary story of how a heart transplant recipient in America committed suicide - just like the man whose heart he had received 12 years previously. In another extraordinary twist, it emerged that the recipient had also married the donor's former wife.

So can elements of a person's character - or even their soul - be transplanted along with a heart?
One woman who believes this to be the case is CLAIRE SYLVIA, a divorced mother of one.

She was 47 and dying from a disease called primary pulmonary hypertension when, in 1988, she had a pioneering heartlung transplant in America.

She was given the organs of an 18-year-old boy who had been killed in a motorcycle accident near his home in Maine.

Claire, a former professional dancer, then made an astonishing discovery: she seemed to be acquiring the characteristics, and cravings, of the donor.

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-Do you think this is just coincidence?
-Are there other cases of the same?
-Is there such a thing as a soul (if yes, can it be taken from one and given to another)?
-What is your position on accepting (or donating) organs?
-Should a Christian donate organs? Is it Biblically acceptable?


B Nettles said...

I'm very skeptical of the account of her thoughts. It reads more like a thriller novel meant to draw you in. First person newspaper stories are subject to such hyperbole.

I have no problem with organ donation.

Josh said...

VERY strange at that but I'm not going to write the acount of as false yet. The heart definitley is a BIG part of the human anatomy but if it does contain the soul the one lady should not have gotten the kid's soul because he was dead.