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An Australian organ donor's family has praised their late son for his generosity and strength, after his selfless act helped save five Chinese patients.

At just 26 years, Phillip Hancock was a kind and adventurous young man who taught English at China's Chongqing Southwest University.

Tragedy struck in May this year when complications from type-one diabetes threatened Phillip's life. At that time all that he could think of was how to help others.

According to his father Peter Hancock, "just helping another person was what he was mainly all about."

With his parents by his side during his final moments, Phillip bravely told them his last wishes.

Although reluctant, with a heavy heart Phillip's parents agreed to their son's request and his liver, two kidneys and corneas were transplanted to five Chinese patients.

"It was not what we wanted, it was about him and what he wanted and he said if I have the opportunity and I'm ever in this situation, then let them take what they can," Hancock explained.

It was the first time ever a foreigner had become an organ donor in the city of Chongqing, where an image of medical staff bowing to Phillip in a hospital's operating room has become a stirring symbol of China's eternal gratitude.

As days have passed since the operations, Chongqing's Red Cross Society revealed in June that all transplants were successful.

Both kidney recipients have made a strong recovery and are now able to walk by themselves, while the liver recipient has been moved from an intensive care unit to a general ward.

The other two patients who received cornea transplants have now fully regained their eyesight and been discharged from hospital.

"It is good to know that in five other people, that he is living on," Hancock said.

Phillip's story struck a chord with many Chinese netizens.

"He was a great and selfless person, there're no national boundaries when it comes to kindness," a netizen said on Weibo, one of China's dominant social media platforms.

Another user commented on the heroic act. "It's generous for him to extend his life like this. He's praised not just because he saved Chinese patients, the act itself is worth praising."

While Phillip's story has captured the hearts of people in China and furthered the national conversation on organ donation awareness, in Australia the medical community have also praised his generous act and called on more people down under to follow his brave example.

"My heart goes out to Phillip's family, what a generous act and what a generous human being," National Medical Director of the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority Dr Helen Opdam said.

"I think Australians are generous people, I think we would all like the opportunity for ourselves or our family to receive a transplant if we needed one."

"If we do want that then we need to be prepared to be donors as well," she added.Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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Post time 2018-6-28 06:39:31 |Display all floors
I don't want anyone's organs or even blood in me. I would prefer to die.

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Post time 2018-6-28 07:01:29 |Display all floors
Hat off to him and his family for the humanitarianism which is noble.

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A LEADING scientist will claim this week that he has proof that patients who undergo major organ transplants can inherit the personalities of their donors.
Gary Schwartz, a professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, says he has details of 70 cases where this controversial phenomenon has occurred.
And he will argue that it affects at least ten per cent of people who have a heart, lung, kidney or liver transplant. The theory that personality and character traits can be transferred via an organ transplant has existed for some time, but most scientists have ridiculed the notion.
Professor Schwartz now claims to have evidence that in the most extreme cases patients adopt a donor’s taste in food, take up the same interests and pastimes as a donor, and even develop talents that a donor possessed. In one case, outlined opposite, a woman who had been health-conscious and calm began craving fast food and became aggressive, just like the biker whose heart and lungs she received.
In another, a seven-year-old girl had nightmares about being killed after being given the heart of a girl who had been murdered.
Professor Schwartz will present his findings at a holistic living conference in London next weekend, titled Icons of the Field. Critics put such events down to chance, the trauma of the surgery or the side-effects of the drugs that transplant patients have to take.
But last night Professor Schwartz, who is also a professor of medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery and has published more than 400 scientific papers, said that all transplant patients should be warned that there is a chance they will inherit the personality of a donor.
‘It is a big ethical question, but I believe transplant patients should be told there is a possibility that they will take on a donor’s characteristics,’ he said.
‘Then they can have a choice. They can decide what is important to them: being active and being with their family, but with the chance that they might take on some traits of the donor that they might not like. Our research shows that about ten per cent of patients will inherit some of a donor’s characteristics. However, it may be higher because most patients are afraid to share their experiences.
‘I don’t want to frighten people, but to make it more acceptable for them to share what is happening to them.

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When you receive a persons organs you can become possessed by them. You hear about it all the time.

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Can An Organ Transplant Change A Recipient's Personality? Cell Memory Theory Affirms 'Yes'

Organ donors may be doing more than just saving lives. They may be giving a 'new life' to organ transplant recipients. According to Donate Life America's 2011 statistics, there were 8,127 deceased organ donors and 6,017 living organ donors in the United States, adding up to 28,535 organ transplants overall. The most common organ transplants include the cornea, kidney, and heart — with a heart transplant ranking the highest in five-year post-transplant survival rate of 74.9 percent. The heart ultimately stores memories through combinatorial coding by nerve cells, which allows the sensory system to recognize smells, according to cellular memory theory.

Heart Transplants and Cell Memory

The cell memory phenomenon, while still not considered 100 percent scientifically-validated, is still supported by several scientists and physicians. The behaviors and emotions acquired by the recipient from the original donor are due to the combinatorial memories stored in the neurons of the organ donated. Heart transplants are said to be the most susceptible to cell memory where organ transplant recipients experienced a change of heart. In a study published in the journal of Quality of Life Research, researchers interviewed 47 patients who received a heart transplant over a period of two years in Vienna, Austria. Researchers found that 79 percent of patients did not feel that their personality changed post-surgery, 15 percent experienced a change in personality due to the life-threatening event, and six percent did confirm a drastic change in their personality due to their new heart. While the percentage of personality changes as a result of an organ transplant hints to be insignificant, further research has been done to validate the existence of this concept.

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See. Even Medical Daily are saying it. I would rather die than become some Frankenstein with other peoples memories being a part of me.

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Post time 2018-6-28 20:27:34 |Display all floors
This post was edited by HailChina! at 2018-6-28 20:28

All the Chinese recipients of these Australian organs will start to act Australian. If you say hello to them they will say "Gday mate." And they will drink beers and have BBQs and stuff.

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  Cool, it would seem that we wumao group's influence has been expanding globally. George Orwell, you are wrong.  some Australians don't mind being watched by Big Brother living in China.  Big Brother is their best friend. Grrrrrr.

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