If your loved one donated organs, such as kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs or heart, we can request a medical update on the recipient and provide information on the letter writing process, should you wish to initiate contact. Updates are not provided without a request.
Before you request an update, it is important that you feel ready to deal with favorable news as well as the possibility that your loved one’s recipients are not doing well, have been re-transplanted, have died, or that they have not been seen by their transplant center for a recent check-up, which means that we are unable to provide an update. Having a strong support system around you can help prepare you to receive this information.
It may take 30 to 60 days for Legacy of Hope to receive an update from the transplant center after the request is made. Legacy of Hope does not have direct access to recipient condition information.
If your loved one donated tissue, such as heart valves, blood vessels, skin and/or bone, we are very limited in the information we can provide because of the number of people that can be helped and the length of time tissue can be stored prior to transplant. Also, tissue screening is a complex process and results from the screening may result in tissue not being transplantable.
This information can only be requested by and released to the legal next of kin or authorizing or acknowledging party of the donor. If a request is made by anyone else, Legacy of Hope will contact the legal next of kin or authorizing or acknowledging party to verify if their permission is given to provide an update.