James Chapman dreams of bacon after being fed intravenously for 25 years

James Chapman ate a mouthful of this cake on his 25th birthday - which was one of the biggest and best "meals" he's ever had.
STUFF.nz | Talia Shadwell

On James Chapman's 25th birthday on July 4 he had a tiny mouthful of his birthday cake.

It made him gag, but it was also a milestone, being one of the biggest and best meals he'd ever eaten.

Once he tasted a spoonful of cold hospital porridge and proclaimed it "pretty nice."

His mother Kate Gray was thrilled: "I said to him 'now when I cook, you'll think it's gourmet'."

Chapman has the rare condition intestinal pseudo-obstruction which prevents him being able to eat.

On May 22, Chapman underwent a 14-hour multiple organ transplant surgery in Melbourne, receiving a donated stomach, liver, duodenum, pancreas, and bowel – the organs he needs to be able to hold down a mouthful of food.

Now he dreams of something else: "Bacon. I would love some crunchy bacon. Oh, I'd just . . . oh, the smell. It just drives me crazy."

As a twin, watching his healthy brother's life unfold parallel to his own gave him his definition of "normal." Continue reading

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