Monday, December 18, 2006

One Heart, One Love: Not Your Usual Love Story

This one falls under my "weird and wonderful" categories: a love story that came from a transplanted heart. Can you imagine how Shakespeare would have rewritten Romeo and Juliet if organ transplants were available in his time?

Cheryl Cottle lost her beloved husband in 1995 when he was only 33, and had made the decision to donate his organs. The eventual recipient, Sonny Graham, had been given 6 months to live if he didn't receive a heart transplant. Transplant information is kept confidential, however, he wrote a letter to Lifepoint, Inc. (the organ procurement agency) who forwarded it to Cheryl. He thanked the family for the gift of life he had received from them and asked to meet.

Cheryl sent photos and some information. About two years later, they finally met for dinner and Sonny was immediately taken with her. He said, "I felt like I had known her for years. I couldn't keep my eyes off her. I just stared.". . . and Sonny won her heart.