Graham was on the verge of congestive heart failure in 1995 when he got a call that a heart was available. That heart was from Terry Cottle, 33, who had shot himself.
Grateful for his new heart, Graham began writing letters to the donor‘s family to thank them. In January 1997, Graham met his donor‘s widow, Cheryl Cottle. In 2001, Graham bought a home for Cottle and her four children in Vidalia. Three years later, they were married. In 2006, Graham was reported as saying that when he met her, "I felt like I had known her for years ... I couldn‘t keep my eyes off her. I just stared."
Sonny Graham‘s friends said he would be remembered for his willingness to help people. Is it possible that a donated heart could transfer feelings from one person to another? Most conventional surgeons would quickly say no. But from the anecdotal experience noted in this case, it surely seems possible.
And it’s not only feelings that seem to be transferred. Memories, habits, personalities, and some even say parts of the soul, may also be transferred.
To date, Gary Schwartz, PhD from the University of Arizona, says there are more than 70 documented cases like Sonny’s, cases that seemingly prove “transplant memory” is real.
Schwartz and co-workers have come up with the universal living memory hypothesis, which says that "all systems stored energy dynamically . . . and this information continued as a living, evolving system after the physical structure had deconstructed."
What this means is that information and energy from one person could, theoretically, be passed on to another. Here are a few examples of the cases Schwartz and his colleagues have uncovered:
- An 18-year-old boy who wrote poetry and songs died in a car crash. A year later, his parents found a song he had written titled “Danny, My Heart is Yours,” that described how he felt he was destined to die and donate his heart. It turns out that his heart was donated to an 18-year-old girl named Danielle, and when she was played some of his music, she knew the words to the song, despite never having heard it before.
- A man received a heart transplant and developed a love for classical music. The donor was a 17-year-old who loved classical music and played the violin, and had actually died while holding a violin to his chest.
- A 29-year-old lesbian who loved fast food received the heart of a 19-year-old “man crazy” vegetarian. The woman developed an aversion to meat and married a man shortly after the transplant.
The connection between all of this is that everything is, ultimately, made of energy, and we are just beginning to unravel the mysteries of what this means for your body, and your consciousness.