SPH HEART TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT MEETS DONOR FAMILY AFTER WRITING EACH OTHER FOR 17 YEARS
Imagine being able to meet the family of heroes who made a decision that saved your life. For St. Paul’s heart transplant recipient Carrie Jung, this dream came true.
After anonymously corresponding for almost 17 years, she finally got to hug the family of Darcy Doherty, her organ donor. She met Darcy’s mother Marie and brother Daryl over an emotional and happy face-to-face meeting in February 2020.
In November 2019, BC Transplant expanded the way contact occurs between donor families and adult transplant recipients by formalizing the process to initiate direct contact and meet face-to-face if both parties agree. Since launching the new policy, BC Transplant has facilitated direct contact between eight transplant recipients and donor families, of which two were face-to-face meetings.
Marie lost her son Darcy in June 2002, when he was just 37 years old. She never could have imagined the special relationship she would later build with the woman who received Darcy’s heart through organ donation. Carrie’s life also completely changed that day when she became the lucky recipient of Darcy’s selfless gift, in a surgery performed by Dr. Anson Cheung. Carrie had been on the transplant list for seven years after being diagnosed with heart failure, and this new heart meant a second chance at life for her.
Read the full story on BC Transplant’s website.
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