August 21, 2018
My Donor was in the USA from Honduras. He was a 19-year-old boy working to make a better life for himself. I received his heart, late in the night of 21-22 August 2018. Once they had the heart connected, it started beating on its own. The doctor told everyone in the OR that was only GOD. The heart has been a perfect match with my body. My body is reacting to the heart as its own. I’m so grateful every day for the chance to live a better life, thanks to my Donor.
Many donor families find that corresponding with the transplant recipient or recipients can be a powerful experience. Donor families can take comfort in sharing stories and sending well wishes to those who live on because of their loved one.
Should you choose to connect, we're here to help. Letters and cards can be a tremendous gift to both the donor families and recipients. To protect everyone, we provide guidelines for communication. Names remain confidential unless both parties agree to share those with one another, and we provide a correspondence address. We are happy to share sample letters to help you get started.
For more information about corresponding with recipients, please call us at 615-564-3649.
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