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The Match: Complete Strangers, a Miracle Face Transplant, Two Lives Transformed Kindle Edition
Hours after his death, his wife Susan was asked a shocking question: would she donate her husband’s face to a total stranger?
The stranger was James Maki, the adopted son of parents who spent part of World War II in an internment camp for Japanese Americans. Rebelling against his stern father, a professor, by enlisting to serve in Vietnam, he returned home a broken man, addicted to drugs. One night he fell facedown onto the electrified third rail of a Boston subway track.
A young Czech surgeon who was determined to make a better life on the other side of the Iron Curtain was on call when the ambulance brought Maki to the hospital. Although Dr. Bohdan Pomahac gave him little chance of survival, Maki battled back. He was sober and grateful for a second chance, but he became a recluse, a man without a face. His only hope was a controversial face transplant, and Dr. Pomahac made it happen.
In The Match, Susan Whitman Helfgot captures decades of drama and history, taking us from Warsaw to Japan, from New York to Hollywood. Through wars and immigration, poverty and persecution, from a medieval cadaver dissection to a stunning seventeen-hour face transplant, she weaves together the story of people forever intertwined—a triumphant legacy of hope.
--Lee Woodruff, co-author, with Bob Woodruff, of "In an Instant"
"This is truly an outstanding book! I could not stop reading."
--Stefan G. Tullius, MD., Ph.D., American Transplant Society; Chair, Committee on Vascular Composite Tissue
"Magnificent. . . . it's actually about people. I've never read a book so fast before and with such pleasure."
--Sean Fitzpatrick, Director, New England Organ Bank--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B003UYUP4O
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (12 October 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 1340 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 277 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,240,968 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Match is a wife's love letter to her charismatic husband. In graceful counterpoint, the character of Joseph takes shape as the story of his losing his life and his face unfolds. The thoughts that Susan has at each stage of the process appear in italics. They are compelling--never maudlin or overwhelming.
The Match is a powerful argument in favor of organ donation: it is hard to imagine that a reader could finish the book without being convinced to become an organ donor. What is less obvious but even more moving is Susan Helfgot's conviction that people deserve a second chance, that even someone with a life in tatters deserves an act of generosity and selflessness.
Most of all, The Match is an great story: the narrator is appealing, and the events are engrossing. When I finished reading, I wished the book were longer.
I would recommend this book to anyone. It gives a whole new insight on transplantation and what modern medicine is capable of accomplishing.
If you decide to pick this book up and start reading it, you won't be able to put it down. I wasn't able to. It is very well written and arranged. It was truly a pleasure to read and very inspiring.
The Match is heart-warming because of the author's own crusade to encourage others to become donors based on what she and her family have been through. It is inspirational to see what the gift of a face transplant could mean for someone like Jim Maki. And it is suspenseful because of how the co-authors relate the events and circumstances of both transplant surgeries: Joseph Helfgot's heart transplant and Jim Maki's face transplant.
I highly recommend it. It as a "must read."
I saw a follow up interview with her, she said that she is donating the proceeds of this book to support organ donation.