Meet Semen Gendler, a white man who was given a new liver from an African-American donor has claimed that his skin is starting to turn black since the operation.
He arranged his flight from Krasnodar in the Krasnodiar Krai, southwestern Russia after speaking with his contacts in the United States justto have the operation.
Russian doctors made it quite clear to me that if I didn’t have a liver transplant I would not live. I do a lot of business in the US with partners in New York, and I asked them to help me arrange for the operation where if you have enough money it is possible to do it more quickly than in Russia. Fortunately I was able to afford the cost of the $500,000 [£325,000] operation, in Russia I would have had to wait too long for a donor,” said Mr. Gendler.
Mr Gendler admitted that he was initially delighted at having the liver of a 38-year-old and added that it had given him a new lease of life.
I noticed that his skin was getting darker. When he told me they had given him the liver of an African-American man, I guess that was probably the reason for the colour change. I have known my friend for years and he has always been if anything extremely pale, and now for the first time ever he is becoming dark skinned.,” Igor told Russian media.
I could end up much darker than this to be honest, I don’t care. The main thing is that the liver works and I am healthy. It’s incredible, I am now so full of energy and living between two cities in New York and Krasnodar and if my skin ends up dark who cares, I certainly don’t,” he exclaimed.
Although his doctors struggled to come up with an explanation as to how exactly Mr. Gendler’s skin color change, he still believes it is not ofhis concern if he turns black than ended up dying.