I was called in a few days ago to take a portrait of a woman that had a heart transplant fifteen years ago. At first I was excited then, I realized that its might not be as exciting as I imagined (I try to pre-visualize images and tend to trump up the details in my mind- I was thinking post-op scars..etc…).
As it turned out, the story was less about the actual transplant and more about the relationship of the donor’s family and the recipient. The donor was a 17 year-old boy and the recipient a 50ish year-old grandmother, Marilyn Thorn. The donor’s mother and Marilyn are friends today, keep in touch and visit together just like family members.
It was great to sit and listen to Marilyn’s view on life and how she lives an encouraging life even after going through so much.
Read the full story on The News-Star by Sarah Eddington here.