It was reported that the recipient of a donated heart took the time to track down the donor's parents to express her appreciation for the organ (Parents of heart donor to meet recipient; Sept 12).
Currently, the names of organ donors and recipients are kept anonymous unless a problem or complaint arises. It is time to consider abolishing such a ruling.
The decision to share one's experience is a personal choice, but donor families and recipients can find comfort in it.
For donor families, this sharing may help in the grieving process, as they learn more about the people their loved one was able to help.
For recipients, it can provide the opportunity to express gratitude and share information about their progress and renewed lives. Relatives and friends may also benefit from the exchange of thoughts on the experience of organ donation.
Certainly, everyone has a right to privacy, and individuals deal with circumstances differently. But there should be flexibility and freedom for the donor family and recipient to decide if they wish to contact each other.
The Ministry of Health should implement procedures for recipients to contact donor families, and make efforts to facilitate correspondence if both sides agree to establish contact.