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Lasting memories: Can organ donations transplant personal qualities?

Valerie Lego, WZZM 4:49 p.m. EST February 4, 2015

It’s a long debated topic ever since organ transplants became possible. Can a person really inherit the memories and talents of someone because they have their heart?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – It’s been a long-debated topic ever since organ transplants became possible: Can organ-donation recipients really inherit memories, talents, and qualities of the donor?

Dr. Michael Hagan believes it happens. In fact, he says he’s living proof.

“It’s not that I wished it to happen,” Dr. Hagan says. “It just happened.”

Ten years ago, Dr. Hagan had a liver transplant after contracting hepatitis C as an ER Physician. He admits he experienced new cravings after the transplant.

“I never ate avocado before; now, I eat an avocado every day,” he said. “And before my transplant, I never cared for barbecue things, and after my transplant I really liked barbecue.”

Something else changed, too, for the veteran ER doctor who was trained to keep his emotions in check.

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