It won’t take him long to realize that the heart he received was one that someone else also needed. This guilt may come and go quickly, or it may linger. It may never come at all. But other families will wish that their father, brother or son had received the new heart instead of Cheney.
When I was just a few days out of surgery, I ran into the mother of someone who was about my height and weight and had my exact blood type — a man who was essentially waiting for the same heart as me. She was having a bad day and told me that I had gotten her son’s heart. Her son had come in before me and was still waiting. But his hadn’t deteriorated like mine had.
”—In today’s commentary, heart transplant recipient David Hebestreit writes about what Dick Cheney can expect after his recent transplant.
If we could be married, most of these legal barriers would disappear. Instead, we have to spend precious days and considerable emotional energy during the pregnancy and while our baby is a newborn — for such a short time — at legal appointments and checking boxes on a list of legal needs that runs for pages.
The last agonizing minute will come standing in a courtroom those moments before a judge grants me — please, please — legal custody of my baby. Then I will finally be able to go on our baby’s birth certificate as the other parent.
”—All new parents face obstacles. But today’s commentary writer Annie Anderson reveals the additional hurdles that she will deal with while trying to adopt the child that her partner will give birth to next month. Read the whole commentary here.