The ever-delightful Mary S. brought me a one-of-a-kind treat from her bookshelf today: A thin, stapled paperback Better Homes & Gardens Family Medical Guide publication, undated but probably from the 1950s, featuring six transparent full-color plates -- in TRANS-VISION!* -- of the human torso. If you've been wondering where your liver is, check out plate IV, pictured here. (Hm, looks like the painter of Prometheus shot a little low.) And note that Joe gets a significantly bigger piece. That's brothers for you.
There's a tiny green gallbladder peeking out from under Joe's half. That will go away entirely, into the hospital garbage bin.
*TRANS-VISION, copyright Milprint Inc., Milwaukee Wisconsin. I looked them up... today they print foil candy bar wrappers.
In January 2006 I successfully donated half my liver to my brother, Joe. This blog began in November 2005, when I was just a hopeful donor candidate, and continues today as a vehicle for sharing my experience and building community among past, current, and would-be live organ donors and transplant recipients. Thank you for stopping by. All content on this blog, including images and text unless otherwise cited, is copyright (c) 2005-2007, Becky Waller. All rights reserved.
In 2007 I founded the Greatest Gift Foundation, which provides information and support to living organ donors throughout their transplant experience. I'm in Minneapolis, when I'm not traveling the country meeting with transplant teams. Contact us at email@example.com.