The Man Who Lost His Name and His Genetic Identity
David Kushner of Discover has written a feature story on Drew. Here’s just a small snippet from the fascinating story:
During his treatment in Seattle, he began getting strange calls from credit card companies thanking him for his application. Drew shrugged it off as best he could until the collection agents started arriving at his door. There were a half dozen accounts opened in his name, with almost $10,000 in charges. â€œPlease stop this!â€ Drew told one of the banks on the phone. â€œIâ€™m in a hospital dying!â€
But there was no stopping this thief. Here Drew was, on the verge of death, and someone was stripping away his last shred of humanity. He felt that his identity was being taken on every level. The disease was robbing him of his life. Some criminal was stealing his identity. And the medical system had swiped his individuality. He wasnâ€™t even Eric Drew anymore; at the hospital, they just called him Patient Room 232.