William Sheridan, a former restaurant owner retired in 2006, was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, to undergo a heart transplant.
The donor was a stock broker on Wall Street, named Keith Neville, who died in a car accident.
What may seem like a story like many others, will soon take far more interesting connotations.
While recovering, Mr. Sheridan, will make an amazing experience; He will find himself to be suddenly endowed with a never had artistic talent before, despite having attempted, at the beginning of hospitalization, to do some drawing to pass the time.
The surprise has become even bigger, when it was discovered what is now believed to be the explanation. Keith Neville, the man who donated his new heart was an artist fond of painting.
According to Beth De Furia, art consultant and therapist at the Hospital, the designs made by William Sheridan, prior to transplantation, are considered an infantile level and in no way an expression of art, as opposed to designs that are were made during his convalescence, which occurred a few days after his transplant, said the same Beth De Furia: "he started to create this stunning, elaborate work of art" and she added: "It 'was really amazing how his talent has blossomed. "
And so Mr. Sheridan, was numbered, as the latest example of a phenomenon, which while appearing fiction, a growing number of medical experts is recording, or better, that in some cases, after an organ transplant, it is possible that certain traits of the donor can be inherited.
Yesterday, Mr. Sheridan met with the mother of his heart donor and handed her a sketch of a large hand holding a heart, with the words: "You have given me more of a heart, thank you"
The meeting was possible because Mr. Sheridan had agreed to give up the traditional anonymity between donor and recipient, in the purpouse to aid a campaign to publicize the importance of organ transplantation.
Ms. Reed, Keith's mother, said how much her son loved to paint, saying: "It was always gifted to the art for which he has always shown a great interest since when he was just 18 months" and even "" He has always preferred art to toys "
Gary Schwartz, professor of medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery at the University of Arizona, says that some research has found defined links. He calls this phenomenon "cellular memory".
He has documented 70 cases in which it is believed that transplanted patients have inherited some traits of their donors.
Professor Schwartz said: "When the organ is placed in the receiver, the information and the energy stored in the organ are passed to the recipient, the theory applies to any organ that has cells that are interconnected, like liver, kidneys and even muscles.
Again Prof .Schwartz: "The stories that we found are very convincing and are fully consistent."
He says his studies have found that patients undergoing heart transplant are more likely to experience changes in personality and other traits.