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Picking up the story of posttransplant life, this chapter resists the romance of transplantation’s standard salvationary narrative as the iconic “gift of life”—a narrative that reaches its climax at the moment of receiving the transplant, with little attention to what comes next. Foregrounding this unsung story, the chapter tracks the lived experiences of transplant patients in Mexico over the long term through three key phases: coming to desire a transplant, finally receiving one, and learning to live as a transplanted person over time, attending to the culturally resonant desires and expectations cultivated in the process. What emerge are the complex...

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