Michael's Legacy: Transcending Life and Death

Michael's Legacy: Transcending Life and Death

by Mark Judelson


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On July 10, 2010, Michael Bovill, a twenty-three-year-old active duty member of the United States Coast Guard, suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident. Days later, Michael’s heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys were donated to five strangers: Roxanne Watson, Scott Taffet, Diana Martinez Moran, Elijah Parker, and Zhou Yuan Li. His last act in this world was to give life to those in need.

Surgeons, physicians, parents, children, friends, clergy, and coworkers, along with the recipients of Michael’s organs, come together to reveal their pivotal roles interwoven in this true story exploring the nature of organ donation itself, and inviting the reader to re-consider their concepts of life and death.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645435341
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 372,868
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mark Judelson’s first (imagined) career was as the centerfielder for the New York Yankees when Mickey Mantle retired. Other potential jobs included—but are not limited to—following in the footsteps of his brother Alan who graduated and from the United States Naval Academy, logging, nursing, farming…and more. Centerfield at Yankee Stadium and serving as a naval officer did not manifest but others did.

He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Mark served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central African Empire, executive director of an environmental education center/farm working with at-risk teenagers and executive director of the Arts Council of Rockland. Currently, he is a co-worker at the Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Community, an inter-generational community centered on the care of the elderly and the earth. He is a first degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, Level III graduate of the Spacial Dynamics Institute; and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association.

Along the way, Mark discovered that stories selected him to tell them through writing and performing. His first book, Telling It Like It Is, a novel co-authored with Jane Roberts, is based on his experience as a white teenager attending a predominately black high school and was published in 1975 by Cheshire Ginn. He wrote and performed several plays based on true stories of people who committed acts of courage and kindness in the face of violence and genocide (www.stories ofpeace.com).

He is joyously married to Anna Teigen, father to two remarkable human beings and grandfather to two grandchildren. Anna and Mark live in Rockland County, New York.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

Part 1 7

John and Jilayne Bovill, Michael's Parents 9

Mandy Bovill, Michael's Sister 21

John Fanning, Michael's Senior Pastor 25

Joshua Dean, Michael's Youth Pastor 39

Andrew Kohlieber, One of Michael's Close Friends 47

Tom Legg, One of Michael's Close Friends 53

Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Pollock, Michael's Station Commander 61

Scephan Attzs, Michael's Coast Guard Roommate 63

Admiral Joseph Vojvodich, Michael's Sector Commander 65

Roxanne Watson, Recipient of Michael's Heart 67

Kellen Wingate, Roxanne Watson's Son 75

Dr. Julia Shin, Roxanne Watson's Cardiologist 87

Dr. David D'Alessandro, Roxanne Watson's Vascular Surgeon 93

Scott Taffet, Recipient of Michael's Lungs 109

Stacy Taffet, Scott Taffet's Wife 117

Dr. Selim Arcasoy, Scott Taffet's Pulmonologist 125

Diana Flores-Moran, Recipient of Michael's Right Kidney, and Socorro Moran, Diana's Mother 137

Dr. Namrata Jain, Diana's Pediatric Nephrologist 147

Zhou Yuan Li, Recipient of Michael's Liver, & Elijah Parker, Recipient of Michael's Left Kidney 155

Sau Hwang, Zhou's Translator 159

Julia Rivera, Director of Communication, LiveOnNY 163

Donna Bloomberg, One of Michael's Transplant Coordinators, LiveOnNY 167

Karen Gans, One of Michael's Transplant Coordinators 173

Part 2 Religious/Spiritual Perspectives on Transplants 185

Father Aloysius Thumma, Catholic Priest and Heart Transplant Recipient: His Experience and a Catholic Perspective on Organ Transplants 187

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Scott Taffet's Former Rabbi: A Jewish Perspective on Organ Transplants 201

Dea Soent, Senior Monk: A Buddhist Perspective on Organ Donation and Transplant 209

Yurdaer Doganata, Shaykh of the Jerrahi Mosque: An Islamic Perspective on Organ Donations-What He Refers to as "Sacrifice" 217

Swamy Srikrishna Desika Jeeyar: A Hindu Perspective on Organ Donation and Transplant 225

Timeline of Historical Events and Significant Milestones of Organ Transplantation 231

Part 3 Author's Notes 241

Personal Process, Reflections, and Decisions Regarding Organ Donation 243

When People Ask If I Knew Michael 247

Reflections on Writing Michael's Legacy 249

Epilogue 251

Acknowledgments 255

About the Author 257

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