Monday, April 21, 2008

Transplant gives recipient new cravings

AS LINCOLN Greaves waited to receive one of his mother's kidneys, he had every confidence the transplant would give him a new appetite for life.
He wasn't wrong.
While the 26-year-old once hated casseroles, vegetables, pumpkin soup and fish, these days he can't get enough of them.
In an extraordinary twist, Mr Greaves' new food cravings match those of his mother, Wendy.
"We totally believe my tastes have become like Mum's because I have her kidney," said Mr Greaves, from Nobbys Beach, on the Gold Coast.
"It can't be anything else, because it happened so suddenly. I didn't just gradually start to like the foods she likes. I woke up from the operation and started craving pumpkin soup.
"Beforehand I wouldn't go near the stuff, but Mum's always eaten it. It's very weird."
Mrs Greaves, 50, from Redland Bay, in Brisbane's southeast, said she had hoped the transplant would help her son lead a normal life again, but never imagined it would have such an effect.
"I laughed my head off when he told me he was craving pumpkin soup," she said.
"I'd been trying his whole life to get him to eat vegetables and to try different foods, and then to suddenly hear him asking for pumpkin was just wonderful.
"I absolutely love it, and the change in Lincoln was so obvious that it had to be as a result of the transplant."

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