This gift is one for which there is no way to show true gratitude, but to embrace life to the fullest. Here’s a letter from a family whose loved one received a life-saving transplant. They have treasured each day since. The hospital gave them the opportunity to write a letter to the donor’s family, and then delivered this anonymous letter on their behalf.
I have tried many times to write this letter of thanks to your family and have had no idea how to tell you how I feel. I can tell you that in all the years we waited for a kidney we knew exactly what getting that call would mean to another family. We knew we would be speeding to the hospital only because they would have gotten the worst phone call anyone could ever receive.
There is not a day goes by I do not pray for your family’s strength in the face of the loss you suffered just a year ago. Without the gift from the person you loved, the man I love would not be alive.
I almost lost my husband of eighteen years several times due to the incurable disease that caused his kidney failure. He has been through countless surgeries, many of them complicated. He was so sick during the years on dialysis and suffered multiple setbacks from kidney-related illnesses. He waited several years on the transplant list. These six years have been an indescribable nightmare, but he is miraculously sitting here next to me tonight watching the Mets game. My husband made it, but it was only because of this unbelievable gift of life.
My family grieves with yours for what you have endured. I am sorry it took so long to thank you. We want you to know we will always respect and honor your loved one by caring for this life-saving kidney. We will continue to pray for you every day.
Visit Donate Life America for more information on how to register as an organ donor or to join the living donor program.