Dear Dr. Melki,
Thank you for your kind words -- write this is my pleasure, and seems profoundly important to me to 'get right' at this particular time; who knows why.
You may be aware of the fact that there are those within our tradition, strictly-literal orthodox, who support stringent prohibitions against organ/tissue transplants.
Today, after fixing a couple of typo's & making a few other edits to my note to share with a couple of other people, I was talking with our rabbi about this again and, I asked him to"do a teaching" on this topic. In addition to the general links that I added to the end, I pointed him to the information about the artificial implants.
Again, as much I appreciate and respect the science, I particularly am grateful for the human touch. With all that Sonny's medical history includes -- the cancer, the reconstructions/repairs, the cardiac episodes/arrhythmia, the by-pass surgery, the pulmonary low-pressure, etc. etc. -- the clinical concerns typically are our chief concerns.
What was different here is that I was utterly opposed to exposing him to any elective risk; it certainly seems I was completely off-base on this one! He is more animated (actually borderline-optimistic!) than I have seen him in a very, very, very long time.
All kinds of surprises ....I'm very thankful.