Watch a woman literally bury her own heart
An Israeli artist decided to celebrate her heart transplant in a dramatic way.
A snowy-haired woman gets out of her car in the Israeli wilderness with a small, closed bucket. She puts on a pair of latex gloves and shushes us with her bright blue finger. Then she digs a small hole.
Eventually, she opens the bucket. She takes out a slimy object that resembles boiled chicken. Her latex gloves shake like an electric toothbrush as she handles the thing, gasping. Then ... gasp. It's a human heart.
Forty-six-year-old Sharon Fidel, an Israeli artist, had a heart transplant this summer. After she recovered, she drove out to the wilderness to personally bury her own heart. Oh, and then she filmed the experience, uploaded the video to Facebook and added cheery disco music in the background. For some reason, Fidel decided the theme to 1980s American television show "The Love Boat" was the best tune to accompany her burial.
Love, exciting and new
Come Aboard. We're expecting you ...
Fidel, who studied at Beit Berl College near the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, had a heart attack last year. Her condition worsened, and it became clear that she needed a heart transplant. Recent scientific advances have opened up the possibility of robot hearts, but human heart transplants are still common. And an organ donation can be life-saving. The family of a 16-year-old who died in a tragic traffic accident put her heart on the transplant registry. And her heart now lives on, in Fidel. The traumatic experience inspired Fidel to bury her old heart.
“Everything is authentic in the film, and I trembled when I put the heart into the ground," she said. "I believe that, additionally, the excitement and fear of attempting to really touch the organ and pick it up – all those things caused the trembling. It was very scary.”
Her hands tremble a lot, both on and off screen. Her medication causes them to shake, which makes it hard for her to paint. That's part of the reason she started making these videos.
“Thank you for our shared childhood," declared Fidel to her heart in one of a series of videos she made about the burial, "our shared adolescence, our shared frustration, our shared fear, our shared tears, for all our shared secrets, for our shares loves, and for the laughter and humor you gave me. Thank you for how strong you were and, most of all, thanks for not letting me die with you.”
After she finishes burying her organ, she kneels down, peels off her blue gloves, and unexpectedly takes off her white hair. It was a wig. She runs her hands through her short, brown hair and cries.
And Love won't hurt anymore
It's an open smile on a friendly shore.
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