No scientific evidence exists to explain how characteristics of an organ donor might live on in the person who gets their organ. But theories and speculation abound, from the transforming power of beating a death sentence to the notion that the body's cells store memory. 

Some blame the toxic effects of potent transplant drugs and heavy anesthesia, while others cite the psychological trauma of knowing someone had to die to save a life. But even the self-described skeptics admit there may be more to this than imagination, though they insist it happens to a minority of patients. 

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Do you think it`s possible for transplant recipients to take on personality traits of the person that donated their organ?
No scientific evidence exists to explain how characteristics of an organ donor might live on in the person who gets their organ. But theories and speculation abound, from the transforming power of beating a death sentence to the notion that the body`s cells store memory.

Some blame the toxic effects of potent transplant drugs and heavy anesthesia, while others cite the psychological trauma of knowing someone had to die to save a life. But even the self-described skeptics admit there may be more to this than imagination, though they insist it happens to a minority of patients.

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17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 4:22:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
I dont think so... I dont think liver, kidneys, hearts really influence who you are...
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 5:43:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I do believe that people change when they look Death in the eyes..

The above stuff I take with a bag of salt.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 6:00:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Personality traits is a tough one. I doubt it.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 6:01:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
I doubt it, but who knows?
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 9:16:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Only if it's the brain that's being transplanted.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 9:18:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
meh doubt it
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/24/05 - 9:52:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
what a strange idea
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 4/10/05 - 2:06:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
A side question: What if whole eyeballs were to be transplanted? Do you think that might affect the recipient, say, to suddenly be myopic?
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/21/05 - 10:04:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, it isn't like they are getting a new brain.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/21/05 - 10:11:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
Genetic memory perhaps? Maybe a thousand years from now doctors will look back and wonder how we couldn't figure out the link.

Or it could just be the trauma of transplant surgery.

17 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/10/05 - 9:48:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
My grandma had a heart transplant in '85.She lived with the new heart almost 20 years.

She was the first woman in the Netherlands to have a heart transplant.

At the time Dutch doctors wouldn't give her a new heart so she had to go to England.

Every Dutch newspaper had a story about her.

But to answer the question yes it could be possible but I think that my grandma was still the same person that she was before she had the transplant.

17 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/10/05 - 9:54:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
This is SO stupid!!!
17 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/10/05 - 9:55:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
no, but it's a fun conceit for horror-movie writers.
17 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/10/05 - 10:30:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
My two sons (19 months apart in age) were differt from the womb.

What caused them to be different? Not their experiences. Not their brains that record their experiences - at that point, the only thing they had experienced was my internal organs - and they both got the same experience there.

Something causes basic, innate personality traits. Is it the soul? I have no idea. But it is not just the brain. Is this connection linked to every part of the body? Again, I have no idea.

Can this "something" be transfered with an organ transplant?

I don't know, but it is certainly possible. And in the above link, it seems to have happen with some transplant donors and recipients.

17 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/10/05 - 10:35:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
I wouldn't think so.
17 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/10/05 - 10:49:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
No.

Not unless it is a successful braintransplant, which we are a hell of a long way from accomplishing.

17 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/10/05 - 10:51:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
Wanderer, your sons are, on average, only 50% genetically identical. That could play a big role in their differences.
17 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/10/05 - 11:05:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
True, but with an organ transplant, you now have a new (or extra) set of genes in your body.

Who knows what, if any, difference that could make. The body is still a great mystery - for all we've learned about it, we have a great deal still to learn.

17 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/10/05 - 4:10:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, but I don't get personality from my liver; I get it from my brain. The chromosomes being expressed in my brain, and the biochemical connections maintained there are what matter (with perhaps the exception of organs that sucrete hormones that might effect behavior)
17 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/10/05 - 4:50:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Not unless it is a successful braintransplant, which we are a hell of a long way from accomplishing."

In this case we're talking of the patient getting a new body; not a new brain. The term "brain transplant" is a contradiction in terms.

17 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/10/05 - 5:33:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
Kinda depends on your point of view, but yeah I could see looking at it that way.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/7/05 - 8:58:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ive seen enough horror movies about this to know its true!
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 7/14/05 - 12:54:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with you, Sander. We all know the brain mainly determines one's personality. And since brain transplants do not exist, there is no way that this "change" in personality is attributable to the receipt of other people's organs.

I think people who beat the odds just adopt a new outlook, which manifests itself as an individual's "reformed personality", but not that of the donor's.

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/15/05 - 10:32:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
That'd be freaky, but I don't think so.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/9/08 - 1:47:46 PM EST (GMT-5)

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