'It’s pretty weird that I donated my heart and I’m still alive.' How a Salt Lake artist captured this remarkable story

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  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 2, 2018 4:40 p.m.

    “And both of them have the same hope for their story: that other people will realize that organ donations can save lives.

    'Someone’s organs can save up to seven other lives and there’s still a great demand and need for the organs,' Karr said.”

    Absolutely true and the biggest reason I've been on the organ donor list since its inception.

    This is an incredible story but one that seems to be missing one important detail. At least, one I've failed to find after reading it twice.

    It explains that Tammy Griffin had "cystic fibrosis,.... [that] She had one shrunken lung and one that was overexpanded, although her heart remained healthy." Which, it seems to me, begs the obvious question; why was it necessary for her to receive a transplanted heart?

    No doubt Linda was inexpressibly grateful that because Tammy's **healthy** heart was (inexplicably thus far) available, she would be able to have it transplanted into her. But surely, if Tammy's heart "remained healthy", wouldn't it have made more sense for her to simply retain it rather than have a different one transplanted into her and hope for Linda to receive another?

    Clearly, there is something missing from this story.