This White Guy Says a Liver Transplant Turned Him Black

A man from southwest Russia named Semen Gendler has just won the award from most preposterously stupid name ever.  Wait, no he didn’t.  Instead, he was diagnosed with hepatitis C and cancer and was in urgent need of a liver transplant. Because it was a life or death situation, Gendler paid a large sum of money (approximately $500,000 US) to be flown to the United States for the operation. Apparently, it’s faster to get an operation like this in the U.S. than in Russia. For $500,000, it should also come with a Smart Car, a box of golden Twinkies and a Kardashian.

He received his transplant and all was good. He was feeling healthy and had a “new lease on life.” It was good to have Semen back. Semen was lively and healthy and doing all the good things that Semen does. Then one of his colleagues noticed something: his skin was turning darker.

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Pictured: Before and after the operation. Also before and after 25 years.

Yes, as it happens Gendler’s liver donor was a 38-year-old black man. His coworker said, “When he told me they had given him the liver of an African-American man, I guess that was probably the reason for the color change.”  Because, as we know, blackness comes from the liver? 

He also said that Gendler has been pale for years and he had never been known to become suntanned — but none of this really mattered to Gendler. He said, “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.”

Rachel Dolezal this guy is not, but if she wants to save time on tanning, this liver transplant might be something she would want to look into.