In one of the strangest reunions of all time, a woman recently visited a museum to see her own heart, which was removed from her in a life-saving transplant 16 years ago. BBC reported. Jennifer Sutton, who hails from Ringwood in Hampshire, said it was “incredibly surreal” to see her own organ on display at the Hunterian Museum in London.
“As soon as you walk in, you’re like, ‘That used to be in my body,'” she said. “But it’s also quite nice – it’s like my friend. It’s kept me alive for 22 years and I’m actually quite proud of it. I’ve seen a lot of things in glasses in my life, but to think that’s actually mine is very strange,” she added.
She expressed her hope that this would support organ donation, which she described as “the greatest possible gift”. She told that BBC that she now leads an active and busy life and intends to “hang in there for as long as possible.”
When Ms. Sutton first discovered that she had difficulty with moderate exercise, such as walking uphill, she was a 22-year-old college student. She was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, a medical condition that limits the heart’s ability to pump blood around the body. The doctors told her that if she didn’t get a transplant, she would die.
In June 2007, she received life-changing news that a match had been found.
“I remember waking up after the transplant and thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m actually a new person.’ I remember doing a little “thumbs up” dance for my family and saying, “I did it, I did it,” she said.
Ms Sutton then allowed the Royal College of Surgeons to use her heart in an exhibition and it is now on display for all to see at the museum in Holborn.
She said she wants to take steps to encourage organ donation, adding that it makes life-defining moments like her marriage possible. She went on to say she wants to encourage others to live life to the fullest and encourages anyone putting off plans to “do it today.”
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