“Maintenant est le début de ma deuxième vie.” -Franck Sasonoff
(“Right now is the beginning of my second life.”)
On June 2, 2009 at approximately 8:00 am, Franck Sasonoff goes into operation for his liver transplant that he has been waiting to receive for two years. His Hepatitis C went into full effect a couple years back when the disease caught up with him and took his health, and his liver. Not knowing where exactly he acquired the strand, doctors believe it was a result from a tattoo of a dolphin on his right shoulder he got some 20 years back.
I documented Franck on and off for about 3 years and will continue photographing him and his new life whenever we cross paths. He is one of the fasts recoveries the hospital has ever seen. Ready to move on into the future, re-write the past as much as he can and begin to live again.
There was a lot of suffering before the transplant. Sadness, loneliness, thoughts of suicide, emotions that can take a hold so strongly that sometimes the end of all this waiting doesn’t seem to have an end. But when the time comes for the change, when there is a match for the organ and your name has been called, there is a rebirth, a second life, and that is what makes the past...the past.