Saturday, February 10, 2018

Book Review: 'To The Transplant Games' by Caroline McIntosh

British author Caroline McIntosh offers no background about her connection with the subject matter of this book about organ transplants except to mention that proceeds from the sale of this book will assist in the work that does. That, and her knowledge of the language of organ transplants and medical lingo in general suggest she may be a nurse - or the fact that she has a sibling who is a transplant recipient. Or maybe she is simply a quality scribe.

The topic of organ transplantation has many supporters as well as detractors, and the manner in which Caroline presents three separate cases of people facing the disease whose prognosis for survival includes finding a donor and a physician and team who can make this new lease on life possible. She carefully sculpts three characters (and those friend/family/influences around them) to inform the public about the anxiety, the hope, the frustration the surgery, and the success of replacing a malfunctioning organ with a viable healthy one. It all comes together nicely and becomes a novel well worth reading.

Caroline’s synopsis takes us through the three lives well: ‘To The Transplant Games links three stories of organ donation in London, England. Aiden Corwin, recently diagnosed with kidney failure, prays his biological father will step in to support him. Zafirah Negasi attempts to re-kindle her passion for dancing as she overcomes a heart operation. Just a few steps down the street, Tanya James forgives her twin sibling who is a transplant survivor of ten years. These stories remind us to sign the organ register, inspire us to host a fundraising event, and encourage transplant recipients to stay active and healthy after their operations. This book offers hope to those waiting for an organ. Through buying this book you will be raising money for the British Transplant Games and funding transplant recipients to enjoy more active lives.’

This is a solid little book that serves many purposes – education, the quality of humanity extends beyond our birth-given body, and an appreciation for the topic of organ transplantation with all its many permutations. Grady Harp, May 16

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