· The essay ·
Patients, doctors, nurses, recipients, donors and their families: to all of these people the Swiss science journalist Marlyse Tschui gives voice in her essay Le don d’organes. Donneurs, greffés et soignants témoignent (Editions Anne Carrière, 2003). The result is a kind of choral narration, complex and multifaceted, of one of the most fascinating and ambivalent fields of modern medicine, that of organ transplants. The doubts, the hopes, brain death, tragedy and euphoria, the nerve-wracking waiting, the post-transplant period, rejection, transplants from living donors, and two very difficult chapters: one devoted to the donation of organs from deceased children, the other (no less painful) dedicated to recipient children. There are no cutting judgements in Tschui’s research: yes there are big successes and stinging defeats, but there are above all stories that tell and reveal, showing at every step, the other side of the coin as well, the one in which real life can be different. Because, perhaps, the great lesson of transplantation is also to reveal how life and death are not necessarily parallel universes destined, here and there, to meet fatally sooner or later in one's life. Perhaps, even on a secular level, there's more to it. ( @ GiuliGaleotti )
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