Saturday, August 27, 2016

Andrew Chapman's picture essay of an organ transplant


Last month photographer Andrew Chapman was given special access to document two organ and tissue transplant operations in Melbourne.

The project, to mark DonateLife week, included watching Professor Bob Jones, the head of the Austin Hospital's liver transplant unit, supervise the 13 hours of complex surgery that gave a Melbourne man, Nick, 34, the chance to live.

For Chapman, the project resonated intimately. He received a liver transplant in 2011 when he was days away from dying.

"Bob Jones was my surgeon, so it was very special for me to be photographing the man (who along with his team) saved my life, saving someone else," Chapman says.

About 10 years ago Chapman was diagnosed with haemochromatosis, a genetic disorder in which the body accumulates too much iron. Left untreated, the excess iron attacks the major organs. By the time Chapman was diagnosed his liver was badly damaged. Continue reading
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