Organ Transplants – Ancestry – Family Trees

“Every family tree produces some lemons, some nuts and a few bad apples.”

~ Unknown

“I looked up my family tree, and found three dogs using it.”

~ Rodney Dangerfield

A number of months ago I posted here about “Family-Genetics-Ethnicity” which you can read HERE.

Over the past number of months it has been quite interesting building our family trees. Nothing too out of the ordinary. To quote my sister, “we can from a long line of poor people”. No royalty, no movie stars, etc.

It took a while to get the basics out of the way and and I’ve been able to trace as far back to one of my nine times great-grandfathers. Now, I’m attempting to fill in the branches. As I was working of various parts of my family I got into some discussions with my siblings about various “ex’s” (spouses, significant others, in-significant others) that, whether we like it or not, WERE a part of the family tree. Yes, in many cases they left a scar or diseased part of a branch of the family tree, and yes, they were “lopped off” from that said tree. A couple family members thought they deserved NO place on our family tree. Others thought that they did, more like sperm/egg donors ……. a footnote in history.

The more I thought about this, I also thought about my heart donor, Benny Keith. My parents gave me life originally, but Benny Keith gave me continued life and I will figure out a way on to add him ……. linked to my name. In my opinion, as my hero, he certainly DESERVES to be included on my family tree, his name linked to mine.

If you are an organ recipient, would your donor be a part of your family tree?

What do you think? Let me know.


Family Tree




About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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