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Inherited Memory in Organ Transplant Recipients

Theophanes is a New-England-based blogger, traveler, writer, photographer, sculptor, and lover of cats.

Simpson episode spoofing various cellular memory stories with "Hell Toupee"

Simpson episode spoofing various cellular memory stories with "Hell Toupee"

What is Cellular Memory?

Cellular memory is a theory that states the brain is not the only organ that stores memories or personality traits, that memory as a process can form in other systems in the body and can be stored in organs such as the heart. This theory is not new. Imaginative fiction writers probably were writing about the concept as early as the 1800's, long before transplants of anything were even considered plausible. Perhaps it was Maurice Renard's Les Mains d'Orlac that popularized the idea for the first time. In the story a pianist looses his hands and a killer's hands are transplanted in their place. Of course the story has been spoofed and remade so many times in our own culture there's scarcely anyone that doesn't know how the story ends, with the killer's hands possessing the main character to kill. This is an extreme and over simplified version of what cellular memory could be. In our modern culture where organ transplants are being done daily we have yet to come up with a case such as the above mentioned but we have stumbled onto some pretty strange coincidences. First studied in heart transplant recipients Cellular Memory was noted when upon waking up from surgery patients would display a strange change in tastes, opinions, cravings, and other mild personality changes. Could it be the organs given to them had some part of the donor's memory left within it?


Modern Examples

Most examples of cellular memory in transplant patients are recorded by scientists doing studies, with the aid of a hospital system that forbids the transplantee to know or speak to the donor's family. Because of this most of the cases are written of without the use of names, leaving these patients stories at large but still in obscurity.

One of the few cases we know the patient's name was a woman called Claire Sylvia who received a heart and lung transplant in the 1970s from an eighteen year old male donor who had been in a motorcycle accident. None of this information was known to Sylvia, who upon waking up claimed she had a new and intense craving for beer, chicken nuggets, and green peppers, all food she didn't enjoy prior to the surgery. A change in food preferences is probably the most noted in heart transplant patients. Sylvia wrote a book about her experiences after learning the identity of her donor called A Change of Heart.

Other documented cases have been perplexing and sometimes extreme. A 47 year old man receiving a heart from a 17 year old black boy suddenly picked up an intense fondness for classical music. The boy whose heart had been donated was killed in a drive-by shooting, still clutching his violin case in his hands. A 47 year old transplant patient claimed that his new heart was responsible for a sudden onset of eating disorders, heralded from the heart's previous owner, a 14 year old girl. Once a change in sexual orientation was even documented in a twenty seven year old lesbian who soon after getting a new heart settled down and married a man.

The most stunning example of cellular memory was found in an eight year old girl who received the heart of a ten year old girl. The recipient was plagued after surgery with vivid nightmares about an attacker and a girl being murdered. After being brought to a psychiatrist her nightmares proved to be so vivid and real that the psychiatrist believed them to be genuine memories. As it turns out the ten year old whose heart she had just received was murdered and due to the recipients violent reoccurring dreams she was able to describe the events of that horrible encounter and the murderer so well that police soon apprehended, arrested, and convicted the killer.

Other common quirks recorded have been changes in attitude, temperament, vocabulary, patience levels, philosophies, and tastes in food and music. The phenomena has just recently been put into studies. The most notable of which was Dr Paul Peasall's questioning of 150 heart transplant patients which was published in Near-Death Studies magazine in 2002 entitled "Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients That Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors" from which the aforementioned cases are mostly from.

How Cellular Memory Might Work

It is thought that cellular memory might be possible since the discovery that neuropeptides exist not only in the brain as once thought but in all the tissues of the body. These neuropeptides are a way for the brain to "speak" to other bodily organs and for the organs to relay information back. However it is unknown if these newly found circuits could indeed store memories as the brain does in different organs. Due to the amount of peptides in the heart this organ is seen to have special potential in the study of this phenomena. However many answers still remain. Why don't all transplant recipients have these experiences? It's been theorized this may be due to the fact not all of them are in tune with their body as some other individuals may be. Perhaps the explanation lies with the sensitivity of the individual.

Alternate Theories

  • The Hospital Grapevine Theory: The hospital grapevine theory is the simplest alternate explanation, stating that patients may be influenced due to information they hear from nurses talking to each other or their surgeons while they are under anesthesia. Although it's forbidden to tell a transplant recipients the identity of the donor or any personal information there's no such rule that prevents hospital staff from talking amongst themselves. Could all these coincidences be a placebo effect given to the highly suggestible?
  • The Quantum Theory: This theory claims that the answers may lie in a world we are as of yet very ill-equipped to prove, in the wonderfully strange world of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics tries to explain mathematically events that occur with atoms and the particles which may make up atoms. This is world where regular physics comes to die and can be used loosely to explain virtually anything that can't be explained otherwise. It's tempting but I'll leave this one up to the mathematicians to toy with. As of yet I haven't heard of any of them proposing this theory, it seems to be something thrown out there by laymen.
  • The Drug Theory: It is the body's duty to protect itself from foreign objects and that is generally what it does when it receives organs that weren't grown in it from conception. This is why patients have to receive immunosuppressant drugs to stop their own bodies from attacking the new organ. There have only been a small handful of cases of people who have lived without these drugs, and they have done so on their own against the advice of doctors. This theory states that these drugs can be the cause of the changes in personality. Perhaps in some strange way these drugs can be psychoactive as well as immunosuppressive. This theory probably chalks up the specific nature of the said changes in personality to coincidence.

If this article interested you try some other articles by Theophanes

The Ethical Concerns of Organ Transplant Tourism

Is Modern Isolation the Cause of Unhappiness?

Examples of Genetic Memory or Something Else?

Are Artistic Personalities Prone to Flirting with Disaster?

Why do People Choose to be Happy or Miserable?

Do Neglected Children Suffer More Brain Damage than Abuse Victims?


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Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on November 19, 2018:

This is a fascinating hub. There are so many things that happen without a clear reason. I see no reason why this couldn't happen. Amazing.

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on September 18, 2016:

I merely am reporting the facts as I can find them. If you want to read into that that I am a horrible evil bigot that's not my problem... but thank you for commenting!

Baltasar on April 23, 2015:

I don't understand why your first modern example left race out but your second emphasized the donor being black, why couldn't he have just been someone who had died in a drive-by shooting? Is it such a shocker that he enjoyed classical music? It's ignorant reporting like this that perpetuates negative stereotypes of minorities and keeps barriers between communities.

Sharon on October 01, 2014:

When I entered 9th grade, I noticed a change in my thinking. I grew up in an era when deja vu was talked about a lot, like going some place and feeling at home, or meeting someone and immediately having rapport with them, all attributable to deja vu. I never experienced that, but I seemed to know things that I had never read about, particularly things to do with the body. Many years later while doing genealogy, I discovered at least two doctors in our history. I had never believed in deja vu, but by myself came up with the phrase "cell memory", no computers in the 50s so no instant access to information. I was telling my brother who was in college at the time, that I recognized the term "cell memory" without ever hearing of it or reading about it. He said, "that's a coincidence since I just wrote a paper on cell memory and got an A. My brother and I often talk of it now, and our opinions have not changed. Today, I googled "cell memory, and it pretty much confirms what I have always believed.

Aussiebob on September 20, 2014:

I had a huge TBI and have had 26 different surgeries. I am from the USA but while on holiday, a car accident sent me from Vanuatu to Sydney and I have received a lot of blood from my stay in Australian hospital. As soon as I returned to the US, I felt out of place and craved daily to go back to Australia. Every time I go back to Australia, I feel like a different person, comfortable and at ease. On my last visit, my wife and children noticed, and pointed out, a strange but good/possitive change in my personality.

I could never put my finger on my need/craving to return to Australia, maybe it could be that I had received so much blood from people in Australia.

Pete on April 12, 2014:

Hi Lovely Lucy

I just had a fusion l4/l5 that used cadaver bone. It has been 3 days now and when I wake up I have feelings of dread and dreams that are very strange, almost as if I am inside someone else's dream. Can you let me know if you figured out what was happening or if your dreams stopped. I would greatly appreciate any insight

Corydalis on February 12, 2014:

For anonymous with the husband who got the bad blood-and for anyone here who had negative energy attached to their donated organ, please know that that negativity can be dispelled. It will take some time and work tho', firstly one must recognize that they are not feeling like themselves. If someone will acknowledge that they are experiencing memory/energy/emotions that are not their own and that there is a possibility that they have belonged to someone else than there is good hope for getting back to ones "old self".

For those of you who had positive changes and do not wish to change them, please also note that if you had a negative personality or the reason for your needing a new organ was because you destroyed yours with drugs or negative energy, than know your new, happy, healthy organ is in danger if you do not fully embrace a new way of being as well.

Here is a couple of really good links for everyone here to look at! This one is about how our intentions can literally change our genes, so it does stand to reason, that if you are experiencing negativity from your transplant or transfusion that with effort in meditation and positive thinking you can dispel that negativity and re-boot so to speak.

For anonymous with the husband who got the bad blood-and for anyone here who had negative energy attached to their donated organ, please know that that negativity can be dispelled. It will take some time and work tho', firstly one must recognize that they are not feeling like themselves. If someone will acknowledge that they are experiencing memory/energy/emotions that are not their own and that there is a possibility that they have belonged to someone else than there is good hope for getting back to ones "old self".

For those of you who had positive changes and do not wish to change them, please also note that if you had a negative personality or the reason for your needing a new organ was because you destroyed yours with drugs or negative energy, than know your new, happy, healthy organ is in danger if you do not fully embrace a new way of being as well.

Here is a couple of really good links for everyone here to look at! This one is about how our intentions can literally change our genes, so it does stand to reason, that if you are experiencing negativity from your transplant or transfusion that with effort in meditation and positive thinking you can dispel that negativity and re-boot so to speak.

You may aslo be interested in learning about water and how water has memory as well. Even holding a glass of water and thinking loving, healing thoughts, good memories and playing your favorite music with it near will alter it.

Please do not feel helpless, you or your loved one is experiancing a transferance, it is powerful and life changing, and it certainly brings one to a cross roads in life and to the realization that you choose who and what you are by living that which you choose. Now is the time to lead or be led.

anonymous on December 01, 2013:

My fiancé was stabbed in a main artery, and he lost 3 pints of blood. Before that happened, we were best friends, we did everything together, rode to work together, lived together, ate dinner and every meal together, we spent every weekend with each other and of course we disagreed on some things, and we even argued, but at the end of each night we were holding each other tight, in our beautiful home, then that one night came, and he had three blood transfusions, and after that, he was never the same person. I know he is still alive, but our life died that night, he died in the sense of who he was, and he lived to be a man i have never met. He beat me, injured me, and like some of these people on here say, his cravings changed, his diet changed, his routine changed, we were not that happy loving successful couple anymore, he didn't want to live with me anymore the moment he woke up from surgery and its really hard to comprehend how that happened, and if its cellular memory, how to get the man i love back. Is he forever dead to who he was, or is there some way to stop that cellular memory.

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on October 23, 2013:

Thank you FlourishAnyway. I know if it wasn't something that was really happening it'd still make for some wonderful science fiction stories. :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 25, 2013:

What a fascinating idea. I never thought about this but do suppose it is possible that the body's organs "remembers" their original owner's experiences and carries those memories over. Voted up and more!

Irretstroxy on March 06, 2013:

When i used to receive on top of lifetime but as of late We've built up a level of resistance.

lala on January 21, 2013:

this is so cool can you guys post youtube videos talking about your experiences please :) It would really fascinate me please! My brother is getting a heart transplant in a few weeks and i would love to understand what may happen to him.

Tinas3Boys on December 13, 2012:


I do beleive it is the transplant that is causing the changes in your brother that you are seeing. Sounds like he's a fairly new recepient. Have you tried to talk to him or express your concerns with him? It's not something that seems to be easy for them to discuss, I think they fear we'd think they were crazy. I know this is real and I understand your concerns. Try talking to brother and bring it out in the open. Maybe he's wanting to talk and fears the reaction.

Good Luck !

mynewliver on December 12, 2012:

Trauma changes people. Near death changes people. and immunosuppressants often change taste, sleep patterns, and some behaviours. But for those who love the notion of consciousness embedded in bodies, and body parts, you might enjoy the science fiction novella Unwind, by Niel Schusterman, available as a free pdf download at

gloria heisler on December 10, 2012:

my brother at age 61 had a heart transplant from a young 16 year old killed in a road accident, since the transplant my brother's personality has

really changed, we used to be very close there is

just the 2 of us, I'm 69, widowed and he doesn't

really care for me anymore, is it the transplant?


second chance on November 22, 2012:

My daughter had a liver transplant when she was 8 months old. Im so grateful to the family we have never met. She is now a beautiful 15 yr old . However, when she began to speak as a child she would always talk about fire and a little boy. All I know is that her donor was a 3 year old boy. I have often wondered how this precious child passed. She is very interested in cellular memory and believes she has experienced this as well. Please continue to talk about organ donation , many people die e ach day waiting for an organ. Its no secret your life will change forever during and after the transplant journey. You now belong to a special group of people and have been given a second chance . Never forget and always be thankful .

Jake on October 12, 2012:

My wife underwent a liver transplant in 2010. Her personality completely changed after the operation. Her taste in food also changed. More research should be done on this.

eve on September 06, 2012:

My husband had bypass surgery and when he come home he was a very angry type of person - not at all like he use to be. He never changed back to the person he was emotionally. I actually thought that some of the drugs he received during the 6 hour operation must have somehow caused this change in him. Maybe chemical change in brain or could it be the traumatic experience of having such major surgery? I know of a few people who had the same operation and also changed into people who had the same emotional problems - some of them even went onto medication to keep calm.

Tinas3Boys on August 02, 2012:

My husband of 34 years received a heart transplant 5 years ago . It took him a year to tell me what was going on. He knows how his doner passed and saw what came for the donor. It gives him nightmares to this day. We do not know the donor, but I assure you I can tell you his loved ones names, also he was an outdoors type, fishing,hunting ect. Also was involved with law enforcement somehow and was Drew Peterson, scary!

Also has nightmares /dreams that are not his. It unnerves him to the core! It's creepy and he thinks nobody would believe him! I've been with this man for 34 years Sunday, this is real!

Lucy Lovely on July 06, 2012:

Haven't seen anyone report on what I have experienced: Received "cadaver" bone during spinal discectomy and fusion of 3 vertebrae recently. Have been having dreams that are not MINE! Strange sensation when I awake that I have been in someone else's head or life.....

Anyone else experience this sort of thing?

Plax on June 03, 2012:

My husband had a kidney transplant 3years ago . He started craving for food and now he cheated on me saying that he is not himself anymore ,he started to be attracted to ladies he can't control himself now he is in love with someone and now we are separated.I don't understand about this memory thing 15 yrs we been together

reagu from Los Angeles on May 24, 2012:

This is fantastic information, yet scary, at the same time. Scary as in horror movie material. I believe that some movies were actually based on organ transplant memories.

Anad Mohit on May 20, 2012:

Eye Transplants from one person to another?

Daks on May 17, 2012:

Neat article. Would have liked some more citation, though. These can all be hearsay as far as I'm concerned.

However, if this is all correct and long until people start demanding to know what their organ donors are like? Will it be like a fertility clinic where only ~the best~ are chosen?

sam on May 01, 2012:

What is it that makes these veggies unfavorable?

Nightshades are very yin because of how fast, when and where they grow, structure, and the time of their activity. They contain toxins that destroy red blood cells and have been connected with a long laundry list of other problems; kidney stones, ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, breathing problems, digestive problems, skin problems, nerve problems/paralysis, and energy problems are some of the negatives. Macrobiotics also looks at what we eat in terms of its energy/activity because this energy is transferred to us when we eat it.

This is why microwave cooking is not recommended or mechanical processing or cooking when you’re in a bad or fearful all transfers.

Meat carries with it a lot of qualities that are not conducive to human behavior. Herd mentality, for example. People who eat a lot of chicken tend to act like chickens.

Same thing goes for plants. The nightshades are antisocial, hang out together exclusively and are loners. In other words, there are also emotional implications. There are more of the same type of characteristics. Extreme, out of balance eating greatly accentuates these effects. Under balanced conditions, the body can handle this within the scope of moderation. It’s better to stay away from nightshades during the healing phase of macrobiotics and then, as you widen your diet, you can gradually incorporate anything you want, testing to see how it makes you feel and making the adjustments accordingly. Tobacco is also a nightshade.

The word nightshade is the common name for the family Solanaceae. Products include potato and eggplant (Solanum spp.), and tomato (Lycopersicon). Other edible fruits from Physalis (cape gooseberry, strawberry tomato, jamberberry, sugar cherry, Chinese lantern etc., according to the species and variety), Cymphomandra (tamarillo), Capsicum (sweet and chili peppers), etc. Most produce poisonous alkaloids, and some are commercially important in this connection (Nicotiana, Hyoscyamus, Datura). Many cultivated ornamentals, e.g. Petunia, Lycium, Solanum, Cestrum, Solandra.

Binnoy on April 21, 2012:

sorry.....i wanted to write.

......why are doctors not taking the dna of the donor into consideration.

The whole meaning changed because of the printing mistake.

My bad.

Binnoy on April 21, 2012:

I sincerely dont understand while talking about cellular memory.....why are doctors taking into consideration..the DNA of the donor. After all there is so much of information in the DNA of a single tissue that it can fill an entire library of books.

But when i see the view-point of sceptics....all i have read is about theories like patients may be hearing the nurses gossiping about the donor....and that too in a state of amnesia!.

Then there is a quntum theory. Although i am not against a quantum theory...something tells me that Cellular memory may have its roots in the dna of the donor.

Although i may be wrong

Donors sister on March 30, 2012:

My brother passed away 2 weeks ago. We were so shocked when we found out he was a registered donor and all of us broke out in tears when we found out that not only his liver, kidneys, and lungs were being transplanted...but that his heart would also give hope to another person too. For what it's worth, if someone is a donor then they were a giver and a loving person. We pray every day for the people and families who received this gift and hope to meet them some day.

ambot on March 16, 2012:


lucky13 on March 08, 2012:

I completely believe in cellular memory. In my field we are taught all about muscle memory and how it works. My husband received a liver transplant almost 5 yrs. ago. I immediately noticed changes in his food choices as he was always asking for Italian food(he never wanted italian food prior to transplant) and changes in his behavior with me. He seemed to be upset with me if I wasn't at the hospital constantly with him. He also was craving cigarettes when he had quit 6 months prior to surgery and hadn't had any cravings in months. He also kept asking for more pain medications, but we assumed cause he just had major surgery he needed it.

When he came home from the hospital we noticed even more changes in his personality and he kept saying he just did not feel like himself and thought he was going crazy. We later found out his donor was a 25 year old male who was addicted to prescription drugs as well as illegal ones and was obsessively jealous of his girlfriend. He loved Italian food and also smoked cigarettes. I am forever grateful my husband is alive but if we had known his liver was so toxic we could have gotten him into a detoxification regimen sooner that may have helped his quality of life. There has been so much more happening since the surgery but this is all I wish to share right now.

Michael B on February 21, 2012:

I am fascinated with the reports of cellular memory by so many people. As I have read the comments of those who have received an organ transplant and their forthcoming personality changes, I see how necessary it is to live the kind of life that one could if necessary give in death part of himself (a heart, a hand, a liver) to another that would cause that individual to become a better person.

The holy scriptures refer to the passing forward our sins and transgressions four or five generations. If it be true that we project ourselves not only through our children but by the contribution of our bodies to those in need, it would seem appropriate that our bodily gifts be as pure and wholesome as possible.

What if it is true there is such a thing as cellular memory, especially of the heart?

Eckief on February 04, 2012:

My daughter died 12 years ago and she was an organ donor. I do not feel that this hub is disrespectful to my daughter or to our grieving family. The idea that her precious organs live on and may even influence another person to become a better and more appreciative person fills me with a sense of awe and gratitude that someone is benefitting from this otherwise tragic loss.

On another note, I am appalled by the mean-spiritedness of those who are not able to look past the spelling and grammatical mistakes of others.

@abadgero on February 01, 2012:

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Capriotti on January 21, 2012:


While I don't understand how it is to be a recipient or a donor, and granted..Many of the posts here are filled with grammatical and spelling errors; I don't feel that the hub was created out of disrespect or menace. I think that as most people are... We are just curious about the world we live in and hope for a bigger connection than what we can currently confirm. I personally enjoy the idea that we are tied together in ways unimaginable, as it gives me hope... I'm sorry if that offends

mynewliver on January 20, 2012:

I find this article both harmful and offensive. As a recipient of a donated organ, the notion that somehow i have a shared life, a shared set of memories, even of death, that belongs to another person and another family offensive. You belittle another human being's life, and the potential harm you cause a grieving family who agreed to donation is simply cruel. Are you asking that these people seek out the imprint of their loved one in the life of another, seek memory, retribution, last words, continuation? Spend their lives looking for that. I think this is the stuff of gothic fiction, and perhaps originated with macabre imaginations who get off on the tantalizing spectacle of unnamed recipients, unnamed donors, doctors, and pseudo-science as absurd as the intelligent design theory that is clearly neither intelligent nor science. And it is deeply offensive, to the donors, to the recipients, to the transplant teams. My advice is be grateful for your life -and live a real one.

Lisa on January 10, 2012:

Hello everybody,

I am a journalist working on a documentary on cellular memory for the Swiss TV programme Temps Présent. We are looking for organ recipients, who have seen their character/ tastes etc. change after the transplant. Ideally, it would be a heart transplant, but we are obviously open to other cases. . .

The idea is to find a person who has lived such an experience and is now going to meet his/ her donor's family. We would like to hear more about the changes after the operation and film the encounter with the other family. We are planning to film this in February or March 2012 ideally.

I know this is much to ask but reading these comments made me think that maybe one of you is actually looking for the donor family or has found them in the meantime and is planning to meet them.

I would be delighted to hear from you: night-day(at) (that's my German email address)

Many thanks!


missbjay17 on January 09, 2012:

Two years ago I had major surgery and needed a blood transfusion a couple days afterwards. Once I regained my appetite and was able to eat, I craved junk food and fast food. I was a very healthy person before that. I was not a red meat eater but now, I can't get enough BBQ ribs and bacon. I thought I was losing my mind! I have also lost my drive to do my daily jog like I used to and the really crazy thing is that I am now a "football wife". I never really liked sports before.

annalisa on December 26, 2011:

i had 2 blood transfusion at 16 when they removed an ovary ,up until then i was a quite girl, agter the transfusion i became trasgressive ,aggressive and got myself in some trouble but always wandered why was I doing this does any one can say that blood brings a memory as well ...on top of it this transfusion brought me hepatites c

Strawberries07 on November 06, 2011:

Sorry, In a Heartbeat is the said book's title. All this comment reading got me confused.

Strawberries07 on November 06, 2011:

I'm a pianist. One song I learned long ago I can still play today. When I play it, I don't even think about it- my hands just move about the piano, doing their own thing. If I try to stop and think about what I'm playing, this song becomes hard and I forget what my hands should be doing. Muscle memory. I strongly suspect a connection between cellular memory and muscle memory, as many other comments do.

On a different note, I recently read a book called Heart to Heart. It's about a girl who gets a heart transplant and experiences cellular memory. It's a great book, and I'd highly suggest it, but I'd recommend it for entertainment much more than nonfictional reading. It's not a true story- Realistic Fiction, really.

Kat on October 26, 2011:

To Minxy247....I hope you read this since your post was from two months ago....I had a similar feeling when I delivered my baby. I felt a sense of sadness that I couldn't feel her anymore and she wasn't a part of me. It could've been the "baby blues" but it almost felt like a loss in some sense. Thankfully that passed and now I enjoy being able to see and communicate with her apart from my body.

anon on October 20, 2011:

I have never had a transplant or any experiences like this however it is amazing to read about all these experiences, although some of them may be untrue I still believe there is a reason the heart is known as the 'centre' of a person and is the organ that 'breaks' in extreme emotional pain. There must be reasons for this and I think cellular memory could well be possible.

The Logician from then to now on on September 06, 2011:

Excellent hub! You know it really isn't a stretch to believe the heart is more than meets the eye when you consider in embryogenesis (the development of an embryo) it is the first organ to appear. By the end of the third week there is now a heart beginning to beat before there is a brain. Brain waves are not detected until 6 weeks. The development of the hind brain, responsible for regulating heartbeat, breathing and all concerned muscle movements begins in the eigth week...what does that tell you? Just like mankind intuitively knows there is a God he also intuitively knows that he is not only subject to his brain but his heart.

Ahmad fekry on August 23, 2011:

glory to Allah, the creator of this world and the human,and to his messenger mohammad,Allah mentioned this from 1400 years in his holy Quran.

Susan on August 10, 2011:

For Pat....Hi. I also had a liver transplant in 2007. My donor was also a 16 year old boy who died in an auto accident. I had changes in my taste for foods, etc. I wish I would have heard back from his family, but i didn't. I would have loved to know more about him. Can I ask what caused you to need another transplant? I am so fearful of going through that again! Thanks!!

Minxy247 on August 01, 2011:

I find this hub extremely interesting. I experienced a slight variant when my children were born. I will start by saying that I opted for natural childbirth (no drugs) and had easy, low-stress labors.Within the first 24 hours of having my son, in the moments we were left alone, everything felt new and strange. I could feel the textures of fabrics and registered how soft or coarse they were. Lights were brighter/harsher, scents and smells were separate and distinct and everything had a surreal, unknown quality to it. I experienced the same thing with my daughter. Unfortunately, these feelings and sensations were short-lived followed by a brief sense of loss. It felt very much as if the physical bond that I had shared with my children in utero wasn't fully severed and hanging on by the most fragile of metaphysical threads. Have any other mothers experienced that?

Pat on July 29, 2011:

I had a liver transplant in 1998 at age 45, then needed a second liver transplant and kidney transplant in 2003. After the first transplant I felt like I had been reborn, was so excited about life, wanted to try new things, had new tastes in food, and acquired a sudden love for smooth jazz. I just chalked it up to having gone through a very intense emotional and physical experience. However, after the second transplant my personality changed again and I became critical of others, very outspoken and highly emotional, whether it be happy, sad, or mad. I am very aware that this is just not "me" and over the years I have become very depressed.

The theory of cell memory makes alot of sense to me, as I found out that my first transplant donor was a 17 year old boy who died in an accident. I surprisingly received a response letter from my second donor's family, and it was more what they DIDN'T say that made me wonder if their 19 year old son had learning disabilities and was perhaps troubled.

I wish that there was more information on this subject because I think it could definitely be beneficial to me.

Sue on June 09, 2011:

Ampavoo - apparently psychologists believe memeory is stored at cellular level . I seem to have suddenly developed the phobias my grandmother (died before I was born) had. Kept saying to psych these were sudden onset and not my thoughts. My odd behaviours (fear of lumps and body checking) and found out a year later she used to do this and found an ovarian cyst and had surgery and died afterwards from infection though was convinced it was cancer. Explains my sudden irrational fear. Weird hey!

ella on May 03, 2011:

this is really intresting! THe book that i read that made me interested in this topic was Heart to Heart. a very good book that i recommend greatly!

claire on April 11, 2011:

So do organs contain cellular memory or is cellular memory related to stem cells? and say if someone gets somebodies kidney how does the information of the kidney hook up to the brain?

ampavoo on April 05, 2011:

Maybe our cells remember everything from our parents

experience of life, and their parents experience of

life, and so on down the line. I think thats where the idea of reincarnation comes from.

Mark on April 04, 2011:

Fascinating. We have, for too long, allowed ourselves to be led around by the nose by people in white coats who think the only things that exist are those that can be empirically established in a lab.

Wichita on March 25, 2011:

how about a blood transfusion, i had about a litre of it when i had my baby and experienced different changes that some1 might attribute to final end of a 9 month metamorphosis but i was convinced there was smth else going on

thedutchman on March 23, 2011:

This hub rocks. it is very interesting. Keep it up

Anon on March 06, 2011:

Load of crock.

jim on February 27, 2011:

I received a liver in 2007 and had always wondered were my new liver came from. Nights after the transplant, I had dreams of a farm house with a young girl with her father pushing her on a swing and both being very happy!! The dreams was very realistic and returned many times there after. I never drank and hated beer. My liver problems were non-acohlic. I now love beer. And other little changes in my life and personality. Last month i found my trasplant family and all my dreams and thoughts of my change were true.I can not believe that organ memory can be so strong ! My entire experience with this has brought back faith in people. People that have come into my entire life that i never ever knew that played a major role in my new life and horrible recovery. But my new life is much better than my old one !!!! It was ment to be !!!!

Simon.Ackland from Melbourne, Australia on February 11, 2011:

Great hub. Good effort. I might just add that some researchers these days are also saying that we store a lot of our memories outside of our bodies, in the quantum field around us.

manar on February 07, 2011:

great article .... cellular memory theory needs many years of collecting informations from different people to to be dependable

sue on February 04, 2011:

Would love to know about people who have had major surgery but not involving a transplant, have they had any personality changes???

I am a believer by the way and I think that the theories of vibrational medicine can explain a lot of it but I also have a science background and feel that it would be useful to rule out the possibility that it is the surgery and associated drugs that are causing these changes - then the sceptics can't use this argument.

declan o'brien on January 11, 2011:

hahahahahaha failll lo

declan on January 11, 2011:

sorry didn't meen it

declan on January 11, 2011:

its rubbish lo

Ian Turner from Somerset-England on November 08, 2010:

Great hub-guess you MUST be a Dr....x

DevaDeb on November 05, 2010:

Recommend books Psychic Healing and Past Lives, Future Healing by Sylvia Browne. Explains cell memory and morphic resonance in depth.

Ahmed Benhida on October 27, 2010:

wow! this is fascinating, it answered one pending question I have, when reading the Quran and clearly talks about heart memory. I asked all around and the only answer I was getting was that GOD was referring to the brain, that never maid sense to me, since it clearly and literally says "heart".

Thank you guys, for clearing this in my lifetime.


Susan on October 26, 2010:

To Cath - I understand your feelings. I had such feelings of guilt when I found out that my donor was a 16 year old boy. My transplant was 3 years ago. My son is now 16 years old, so it is very hard to think about the parents of my donor. Every year that I celebrate my transplant birthday, I think of how they are grieving for the loss of their son on that same anniversary. I just say lots of prayers for them and am so thankful for their decision to donate his organs. God bless them! You and I are obviously meant to do much more on this earth! God Bless!!

Terry Parker Jr. on October 22, 2010:

Unwitting subject of covert brain surgical experimentation Dec. 9,1969 at 14 years of age. What was suppose to be an operation as to "cure my epilepsy" turns out to be non-therapeutic lobotomy and brain implant experimentation. Thing is, X-rays from Toronto General Hospital does not demonstrate brain tissue resection, as outlinined on two HSC operative reports. Rather we have brain tissue, leading me to question covert brain tissue transplantation. Since 1969, I have had memorable dreams

of Marilyn Monroe, ect. They say JFK's brain tissue is missing after his assassination in 1963. Maybe not.

Cath on October 22, 2010:

Hello everyone. I had a liver transplant almost one year ago. When I was told the donor was a 20 year old girl....I cried. I felt so much grief for her loved ones. Since the transplant, I cry very easily for the plight of others. I also have become sooooo sentimental. I think of all of this as a good thing. I was a good person I'm a better person thanks to my donor

ah on October 04, 2010:

no needs

Susan on September 09, 2010:

Yes, I am a liver transplant recipient of almost three years. The first year of my new liver I craved blueberries and ice cream. I was eating them like crazy. My donor was a sixteen year old boy who died in an auto accident.

robi on September 08, 2010:

i am a liver transplant recipient as of 15 months ago. my food and appetite has changed enormously. i was always afraid of i m getting ready to do some strange height challenges and looking forward to it. i know nothing of my donor but even my temperment is softer mostly in areas that were definitely difficult for me prior. i m sure some has to do with feeling healthy, which has been quite some time...but other emmotions are just different. any others feeling like this?

Abhishek on September 08, 2010:

Thanks Hub For The Info. read Everything in this Page.

I came to know About this ina movie called "the Eyes."

Wud Like to See More Cellular Memory Expiriences.

Rafael. Solorzano on August 15, 2010:

I had a kidney transplant 1 year ago and i certainly experience cellular memories....i used to love roller coasters and riding on airplanes but i discovered recently that im afraid of heights now and i was never one to get scared of heights. Also food has changed for me too....i dont like ice anymore but i used to love ice...i find it weird but i defiantly aint complaining my life is so much better

daniele7 on August 04, 2010:

I have recently become very interested in cellular memory because it was something I had contemplated even before ever hearing anything about it. Actually, I was contemplating the importance of the heart as more than simply a blood pumping organ. I started looking for information and came upon many interesting findings.

I am very interested in your experience Petra. It appears that your experience is similar to that of recipients of new hearts. I am starting to see that these experiences of cellular memory do not pertain solely to the heart. I would like to hear from people who have had liver and lung transplants, experiencing the effects of cellular memory.

I am also interested in hearing about changes in spirituality, not only physical body changes. Have you noticed such changes Petra? I would love it if you could send me an e-mail message: bdlafren at

Gemma on July 30, 2010:

I think cellular memory could make a lot of sense, if you think about it. Think about sports: I for, one play tennis at a high level as well as gymnastics. You repeat the same motions over and over and over until you don't think about it. It just comes. Your body almost thinks on its own. Your brain isn't telling your body what to constantly do. You just do it. I think this is related to Cellular memory in a big way because it shows that maybe, in some way or another different organs in our body (other than our brain) can store stuff.

Jemima on July 30, 2010:

If your looking for books to read about Cellular memory, one that you may enjoy is "Heart to Heart" by Lurlene McDaniel, about a girl, Arabeth receiving another girl's heart and experiencing Cellular memory.

simon idiot on July 22, 2010:


simon on July 20, 2010:

The bible says, "as aman thinketh in his heart so is he" They new discovery has it that there another thinking faculty in the heart, that is what we call soul. That is why when you do a wrong its the heart that is heavy not the heart.

Pawan on July 16, 2010:

Nowhere is it said or asserted that the heart thinks. you're missing the point of this article. the theory is, that the heart stores memories. and in the comment section we learn that hands and feet have muscle memory and decide to do things before the brain does.

Joan Lawrence on June 23, 2010:

I truly believe that the heart thinks...cognitively. I have always remebered that in my own body I have cell memory throughout body They will surface when triggered by a similar incident as the stored (in the cell).

So, if the heart thinks, why do we have a brain?

fatima on June 22, 2010:

To SpellChecker:

Dude she used the word "lose" correctly.

You're just really stupid.

If you don't know how to spell, then don't try to correct someone's spelling.

Petra on May 14, 2010:

I received a kidney transplant 3 years ago. Immediately after surgery I noticed changes. The music I listened to prior to my surgery was R&B and light jazz. Afterwards country music that I knew all the words to? My breast had always been very small and after the transplant they have grown 2 sizes larger even though I was small in size. I was a supervisor in the computer field for over 30 years before the surgery and afterwards I know very little about what I used to do, but I know other things such as building things and hard labor kind of work! This has really bothered me and it. I am lucky that I have a great family unit consisting of a great husband for over 30 years and 3 grown sons. They all love me no matter whos memories I have, but sometimes they do ask me if I feel like the same person, because I sometimes act like someone else.

Although I am truly grateful that someone died and left me this perfect kidney that I have had very little medical problem with, I am also very concerned about who this person was. It helps to know that I am not the only one noticing changes!

fail on April 27, 2010:

"looses his hands"

"looses his"



Abdullah Bullshit on April 23, 2010:

To Sulomon: please spare us your silly religious scriptures...this is a scientific/medical matter!

Sulomon on April 14, 2010:

From more than 1400 years ago Muslims new there is memory and thinking in the heart as mentioned in the holy Quran. Below are two examples among several:

1- Say (O Muhammad ): "Whoever is an enemy to Jibril (Gabriel) (let him die in his fury), for indeed he has brought it (this Qur'an) down to your heart by Allah's Permission, confirming what came before it [i.e. the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] and guidance and glad tidings for the believers.

( Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #97)

2- Have they not travelled through the land, and have they hearts wherewith to understand and ears wherewith to hear? Verily, it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind.

( Al-Hajj, Chapter #22, Verse #46

To see all the verses that contain the word heart in the Quran use this link:

Ang on April 03, 2010:

I had 2 kidney transplants. First was from a biker who died in a motorcycle accident but I grew up around bikes so it never occurred to me. This 2nd one however I am starting to wonder because my body is acting like I am the age of my donor (61). I have slowed down a lot, and hate pop and only drink warm drinks like hot tea. I hate ice cream and am no longer a huge chocolate fan like I used to be. I also am gaining a lot of weight not related to the medication like the first one as this is more like my body is slowing down on burning calories. No matter how well I eat I still am steadily gaining even with stopping Prednisone.. In one year I have went up 4 sizes.. on February 05, 2010:

My daughter has had two kidney transplants one which was mine. She has taken on a snarly, aggressive personality which has broken the hearts of all of her family and friends. The good trait is her incredible drive in college and her personal life. I really hope I didn't do this to my once precious, sweet, spiritual daughter??????

Grant on January 18, 2010:

It has recently (in last 10 or so years) been shown that we have both a cardiac brain (approx. 40,000 neurons) and an enteric [gut] brain (approx. 100 Million neurons). These large chunks of neural tissue apparently constitute functional brains in their own right and communicate via the vagus nerve to the head brain.

It is highly possible that when a heart/lung transplant occurs, that after some months, the brain in the transplanted organ begins to reconnect and send signals to the nervous system. It’s also possible that the heart brain may communicate via hormones, cytokines and other messenger molecules.

This may help explain why in certain cases, where some sort of connection has managed to occur via neurogenesis, there is evidence of emerging donor personality traits and memories.

Indeed, we know from folk wisdom, that the heart is the seat of values, appreciation and a certain level of intelligence. So the heart brain may well be a key component controlling and mediating preferences and desires.

SpellChecker on January 11, 2010:

Argh... Please spell LOSE right, it's not LOOSE!!

acorniv on October 14, 2009:

My daughter and I both read A Change of Heart a couple years ago. She was a serious ballet student at the time. Anyone who has studied classical ballet knows how important muscle memory is, and we've both seen muscle memory go beyond something mechanical - she seems to process information - to think - with her feet. So both of us felt the things the author experienced made a lot of sense.

There's something else. I am an artist, who went through a period of celebrity where I gave about 300 interviews. I always dreaded the question "where do you get your ideas". The truth is, my ideas come from my hands, and I never felt comfortable saying that, because everyone 'knows' thought comes from the brain. That was before I read Frank Wilson's book The Hand. The author was a researching neurologist, studying the speed with which we learn, when he noticed that his daughter learned piano pieces much faster than clocked in his lab He began studying the hand and discovered we in fact do process information with our hands, and then send the information to the brain, not the other way around, as previously thought. I remember feeling relief upon reading about this, because I have such a conscious awareness of thinking with my hands - and also an awareness of thinking differently with my brain(my artistic style is different; freer and more natural with my hands - faster too). As I type this, I am reminded that my hands persist in certain spelling errors my brain would never make. My daughter agrees with all of this, but for her it is her feet that do the thinking.

What I'd like to see is a study of people who have had a limb amputated, to see if there was memory loss or intellectual impairment, especially in the first few weeks.

I know that if we lose an eye, the brain remeasures everything in our world and catalogs it so that we can move about our family world without the hesitancy we use when going up and down unfamiliar stairs and streets. So, does the same thing happen when we lose an arm? Does the other arm take over?

Fascinating stuff.

anon on February 09, 2009:


Risa on August 10, 2008:

Very interesting! The subject of Cellular memory comes up frequently on

I am going to post this page under our Cellular memory comments

Thank you


Esteban on August 01, 2008:

I'm going to have cadaver tissue placed in my knee very soon via surgery. I'm hoping the donor was a smooth taliking ladies man who knew how to make money without having a job.

Donna B. Doey on May 03, 2008:

I had a liver transplant 2 1/2 years ago & live with the joy and intrigue of this

phenomenon (sp?) daily. My changes are food preferences, greater - much greater love of children & music. I am far more talkative and rather quick

to express my opnion which I would have kept private before surgery. But

best of all the young woman whose beautiful smooth pink liver I received

must have sincerely been a very joyful & positive woman. And I love her.

I have no info on her and did not hear back from her family so I can't

absolutely tie these changes to her or simply my jubilation to have been

blessed with the miracle of her life-saving gift. Please inform your immediate

families of your wish to donate should that decision have to be made. We

thank you.

Angela Harris from Around the USA on February 27, 2008:

Eerie and awesome at the same time.

Manoharan from Bangalore - 560097, Karnataka, India on February 12, 2008:

great hub

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