This family was grieving for the loss of their young child. Just on the verge of becoming an adult, their 15-year-old was taken from them much too early in life…but they had on last request, and their family agreed, saving lives in the process.
Organ donation seems like a drastic way to say goodbye to a loved one, especially since it isn’t always revealed as to who receives the donated organs. Sometimes, just knowing that your loved one is somehow “living on” is comforting…other times, a letter like this can make all the difference. Their child was making a huge difference in someone else’s life, and they posted this letter that they received from the donor recipient, and it has brought thousands of people to tears.
Dear Donor Family,
I’d like to express my sympathy for the death of your loved one. I also want to thank you for the special gift they donated. Without this donation, I would not be healing from a successful surgery right now, and I wouldn’t have another chance at a healthy, pain-free life.
I needed a tissue transplant in order to fully repair my posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), which I tore due to a nasty fall off a bike this past September. It seems like such a dumb way to sustain a major injury, but it’s certainly a lesson in how quickly life can change! Now, because I could have surgery with the tissue transplant, I have the opportunity to work toward a full, 100% recovery. Moreover, repairing my PCL lessens long term risks such as early, onset arthritis.
This is all quite a blessing to me. I’m a 21-year-old finishing up my last semester of college. My favorite hobbies are playing music (saxophone and piano), playing team sports, and getting out in nature. I try to be very active. I’ve taken many trips to the Boundary Waters, and I’ve run a marathon (and hope to complete another before too long!). As I mentioned before, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to once again use my body’s full potential without the gift of your loved one. Thank you for honoring your loved one’s wishes at a very difficult time. I am humbled by your generosity and kindness.
It’s a bittersweet story, filled with sorrow and hope for the future. Moving on is one of the most difficult things that we have to do as human beings, but when we know that someone appreciates our loss and respects it for what it is? It makes the whole situation just a little easier.
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