At Midwest Transplant Network, we provide follow-up information to all living organ donors and families that have authorized donation after the death of a loved one. We also support written correspondence between donor families and transplant recipients for those that wish to get in touch.
Many donor families choose to write to transplant recipients to share information about themselves or their loved one who donated. The decision to write to a transplant recipient is very personal and completely your choice.
If you wish to write a letter to a transplant recipient, here are some suggestions on what to include in your communication, as well as important information about the mailing process:
- Your loved one’s first name only
- Your relationship to that person
- His or her job or occupation
- His or her hobbies or interests
- Your family situation, such as marital status, children or grandchildren (if you provide names, use first names only)
* The religion of the transplant recipient’s family will remain unknown, so please consider this if you are planning to include religious comments.
- Sign your first name only
- Do not reveal your address, city or phone number
- Do not reveal the name of the hospital involved
- Place it in an unsealed envelope
- Include in the envelope on a separate piece of paper:
- Your full name
- Your loved one’s name
- Date of the donation
Place these items inside another envelope and mail it to Midwest Transplant Network:
Midwest Transplant Network, Inc.
Donor Family Services
1900 W. 47th Place, Suite 400
Westwood, KS 66205
Please allow a few weeks for your letter to reach the transplant recipient. Our Donor Family Services Coordinator will review your card or letter to ensure confidentiality and forward it to the appropriate clinical transplant coordinator, who will then send it to the transplant recipient.
You may or may not receive a response from the transplant recipient. Some transplant recipients feel overwhelmed with emotion and have difficulty expressing their gratitude in words. Others may need time before they feel comfortable writing to their donor’s family. They too are experiencing a unique grieving process.
If you wish to communicate directly with your loved one’s transplant recipient, Midwest Transplant Network can help facilitate your request if the following conditions have been met:
- Each party has written to the other at least one time anonymously
- Both parties have expressed a desire to have non-anonymous communication
- Both parties have signed and notarized the designated release form and returned it to Midwest Transplant Network
For more information about communication with transplant recipients or to obtain a designated release form, please contact us.