IT seemed too real to be mere coincidence – and it brought joy to Kaden Delaney’s family.
Kaden’s parents Greg and Shelley spent two years finding David Waters, whose life was saved when he received their son’s heart after he died in a car crash. But in an exchange of emails they learned Mr Waters amazingly had developed a taste for Burger Rings – which was Kaden’s favourite snack treat.
The Delaney’s second eldest son was left brain dead after rolling his brother’s car into an embankment near their home in Orange, in central west NSW, in April 2006. In line with his wishes, they donated the 17-year-old’s heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys.
Two years and countless internet searches later, Mrs Delaney tracked down Mr Waters, the recipient of Kaden’s heart.
The 24-year-old from Adelaide suffered a stiffening of the heart ventricles and had months to live.
When they began email contact Mr Waters asked: “Did Kaden like Burger Rings? That’s all I seemed to want to eat after my surgery.”
Mrs Delaney responded: “I have been informed by a reliable source – Talby, (Kaden’s brother) that Kaden loved Burger Rings.”
Mr Waters replied: “I certainly think I have got some traits from him, Burger Rings right after the op, I never used to eat them before.”
The theory the brain is not the only organ to store memories or personality traits and memory as a process can form in other parts of the body such as the heart has been coined “cellular memory”.
The most famous reported case was American Claire Sylvia, a heart-lung transplant recipient, who documented her sudden craving for beer, chicken nuggets and green peppers in a best-selling memoir after discovering her donor was an 18-year-old male who died in a motorcycle accident.
Westmead Millennium Institute professor and president of the International Transplantation Society Jeremy Chapman said the phenomenon had not been proven.
“There is no scientific basis of such a claim,” he said. “There’s so much fiction around transplants.” …
What the heck are “burger rings?” Do they mean an onion rings?
Burger Rings are a hamburger flavoured Australian snack food distributed by the Twisties corporation but owned by its parent company The Smith’s Snackfood Company. The iconic salty snack emerged in 1974. The rings are available in 30 gram, 50 gram, 90 gram, 100 gram, 200 gram, and 15-pack multipack packs. Burger rings are a corn based snack food formed in to small inch round circles with a savory but sharp barbecue taste. – wikipedia