Transplant

Transplant

by Philip Dossick
     
 

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In the 1970’s John and Ann Hurley are an affluent suburban couple on their way up. He is a key executive with a large shipping company and is due for another promotion. Suddenly, at thirty-five, he is stricken with a massive coronary, and given last rites. But he refuses to die. After four years of small improvements and shattering setbacks, he becomes one of…  See more details below

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In the 1970’s John and Ann Hurley are an affluent suburban couple on their way up. He is a key executive with a large shipping company and is due for another promotion. Suddenly, at thirty-five, he is stricken with a massive coronary, and given last rites. But he refuses to die. After four years of small improvements and shattering setbacks, he becomes one of the earliest heart transplant recipients in the world, undergoing pioneering surgery at Stanford University Medical Center.

As the Hurleys describe this harrowing experience, in their own words, to author and New York Times critically acclaimed motion picture director Philip Dossick, their narrative evolves into a rich family chronicle that spans the years of their childhoods, courtship, and married life. John is a provocative, sometimes shocking man, a powerhouse with an indomitable will to live. Ann emerges as a brave and conflicted woman forced to find the courage within herself to endure and ultimately triumph over an agonizing encounter with America’s number-one killer.

Transplant is the utterly unself-conscious account of how this couple coped with catastrophe and refused to knuckle under to a uniquely terrifying experience. No fictional medical thriller could capture the pain and immediacy of this true story of love and survival.

Includes a new introduction by Philip Dossick.

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Editorial Reviews

Betty Rollin
“Transplant is not just a book about heart disease (any more than First, You Cry is just a book about breast cancer). It’s about people – and they get to you. It’s a touching, sweet, tough book – and it rings true.” – BETTY ROLLIN
David Susskind
Philip Dossick is one of America’s finest writers. – DAVID SUSSKIND
Eda LeShan
“I got utterly hooked – it’s Edith and Archie Bunker catapulted to greatness by an existential crisis they could never have dreamed of. A testament to the miracle of people growing, almost in spite of themselves. Very gripping and moving.” – EDA LeSHAN
William A. Nolen, M.D.
“Transplant is a very moving account of how a family responded to the terrible stresses of severe heart disease. If the Hurleys are the ordinary people they would seem to be, there is hope for the human race. Transplant shows that humor, courage, wisdom, and tolerance are alive and well. It’s a fine book.” – WILLIAM A. NOLEN, M.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781450297134
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/23/2011
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

PHILIP DOSSICK is the New York Times critically acclaimed writer and director of the motion picture The P.O.W.
He has written for television, including the outstanding drama, Transplant: A Family Chronicle, produced by David Susskind for the CBS television network.
He is the author of numerous books.

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