Two Time Heart Transplant Patient, Steven G. Taibbi, Meets Family of DonorFollowing publication of GRATEFUL GUILT: Living in the Shadow of My Heart -
In a rare moment of extended family bonding, Steven Taibbi (author of Grateful Guilt: Living in the Shadow of My Heart) - a two time heart donor recipient - just met with the family of the recent donor. The donor, David Jason Jocobo, a healthy 36 year old man, suffered a brain aneurysm and collapsed in front of the family, dying just three days later. A multiple organ donor, he has now saved many lives, including that of Mr Taibbi.
They've been cutting into Steven Taibbi since the day he was born and they still haven't stopped. Operated on right after birth, by the age of six he became the first person to live through two open hearts for ASD repair. Throughout his life, either his parents or he were told that he wouldn't live past 5; then 6; then 10. Steven was told he wouldn't make it out of his teens, which almost came true on his 17th birthday when he had a near fatal heart incident that included an out-of-body experience. Then Steven was told he'd never get out of his 20s. He fooled them all again and when he was 34, he was told that he had beaten it and to go out and live! God had other plans, however, and when he was 46, Steven was diagnosed with idiopathic cardiomyopathy; in other words, he had caught an unknown virus that was killing his heart. That was the reason for his first heart transplant, and he has since had a second one.
Grateful Guilt is a true story, one of perseverance, grit, and indefatigable determination. Told without self-pity and with a great deal of humor, it is Steven's hope that Grateful Guilt can provide a beacon of hope to those in need and help them develop survival strategies that can lead to more positive patient outcomes