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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation

Thanking the Donor Family

Many transplant recipients choose to write a letter of thanks to the donor family. These letters are anonymous; neither the donor family nor the recipient is identified by name. You decide when the time is right for you to send the letter.

Donor families usually appreciate a simple letter of thanks, and they like to know how the transplant has impacted your life. In the letter, you may include your first name, occupation, marital status, hobbies, condolences to the donor family and an account of how the transplant has affected your life. You may not include your last name, the date of the transplant, where the transplant took place, or the physician who performed it.

Occasionally, the donor families may choose to respond to your letter. All letters remain confidential and are mediated by the local organ procurement bank. If you need help writing this letter, your Social Worker can assist you.

Instructions for mailing:

  1. Place your card or letter in an unsealed envelope.
  2. On a separate piece of paper, write your name, date of transplant, and organ received.
  3. Place all these items in another envelope and mail it to your transplant coordinator.

To find out more about the Methodist Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation, call us at 713-441-8839 or at 866-94-LIVER (866-945-4837) or send us an email.