Within the first few months on your loved one's donation, you should receive a letter providing information about what organs were able to be transplanted. Depending on what information was released from the transplant center, there may be some social information about the recipients as well.
Families often wonder how the recipients are doing months or years later. Upon your request for a medical update, we can ask the transplant centers how each recipient is doing and relay this information back to you.
Choosing to write to an organ recipient is a very personal decision. The right time to write is whenever you feel ready. The confidentiality of donor families and transplant recipients is protected at all times. All identities are kept confidential and anonymous unless both parties have agreed to disclose their identities to each other. In our experience, meetings between donor families and organ recipients are extremely rare.
Before you request an update, make sure you have a support system and are able deal with good news as well as the possible news that nothing was able to be transplanted. Some people are just happy knowing they did what they could to help and don't want to deal with potential bad news, and in this case, aren't ready to request an update. Other people just want to know either way.
If you are ready to proceed with requesting an update, contact a Family Resource Specialist through the web form here or by calling (800) 200-2672. Please indicate you'd like to receive a medical update and include your donor's full name and date of birth, and your full name and phone number. You must be the legal next of kin on record to request an update.