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A Letter To My Donor

25 Oct

 On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

October 15, 2012, I was blessed to receive a new cornea. Unlike most transplant recipients who wait on “the call”. I knew three weeks in advance and with this knowledge came the realization that a family was going to suffer the heartbreaking lose of a loved one. My heart was devastated for them. I shared my grief with my wise friend DiVoran and we prayed for my donor and their family. During the three-week wait I continued to pray for peace and the comfort of God’s love for the family.

Even though donors and recipients are anonymous, there is a process to write a letter to your donor family. I am sharing my letter with you to honor the courage and selflessness of all donor families.


Dear family,

On October 15, 2012 I received a new cornea with great joy thanks to your incredible kindness. Please know I do not accept your gift without realizing you suffered heartbreaking loss. I knew three weeks in advance my transplant date and I began to pray God’s comfort and peace for you and will continue to do so. This was my third transplant. My first was in 2005 and for no specific reason it failed. I know this may sound strange but your loved one’s gift just feels strong and is healing very quickly. Thank you with my whole heart. Without you and my other donor I would not see and I thank God for you.


This link  has FAQ  regarding cornea transplants.



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