Working on a heart transplant service can be bittersweet. When time comes that one of your patients has an organ donor match, delivering that news can really be emotional, for all parties involved. .
There are so many young patients on our service, and when we tell those patients that there is a heart for them, it’s a combination of both joy, excitement, gratitude, fear, and guilt. .
An organ for one person means that another person has died, and although organ donation is one of the most amazing gifts one human can give to another, it can often leave the recipients dealing with many emotions. .
I’d be emotional too if I was the patient, or the family. During times like these I try to support them and remind them that it is because of another persons graciousness and goodness that this has happened, and that even though that person has passed, something special will always live on in the new life that they’ve contributed to.
Heart Transplant service is just one of those specialities that really makes you reflect how lucky you are to have functioning organs, but also that life is precious.
You never know when something is going to happen, you can’t predict when your last day is, or when a new chapter will begin. That’s why it’s so important to appreciate the moments we do have.
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