Brian's Story

Although it was a very difficult time when he passed, knowing that he may help others was a wonderful thought.

My father in law passed away suddenly on August 24th, 2007. He was only 51 years old and had always supported and discussed the gift of organ donation with his family and loved ones. Although it was a very difficult time when he passed, knowing that he may help others was a wonderful thought.

Here is the letter that we received from the Saskatchewan Transplant Program. As well, I have included the link to my site which includes this letter......Brian Stouse

The following is the letter that Donna received from the Saskatchewan Transplant Program and I use it today with permission from Donna:

September 7, 2007

Dear Donna,

On behalf of the Saskatchewan Transplant Program, I wish to extend my sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of Ken. During such a difficult time, you chose to make the gracious gift of organ and tissue donation on Ken's behalf, and for this we are truly grateful.

As a result of your compassion and generosity, two Alberta residents have been given a life free of dialysis with the gift of Ken's kidneys. A man from Alberta has received the lungs. The liver was transplanted into a man from Manitoba. An Alberta man can live free from his diabetes with the islet cells from Ken's pancreas. One person from Saskatchewan has been given the gift of sight from one of Ken's corneas. The other cornea was not deemed suitable for transplant by the eye surgeon.

Your consideration of others in your time of loss and sorrow will have a tremendous impact on the recipients and their families.

I wish you and your family well with your own healing process. You handled a very difficult situation with grace and dignity and I hope that find some peace in knowing that Ken's final chapter in life was one of giving. Once again, thank you for your gracious gift.

Sincerly,

(name removed)

Transplant Coordinator
Saskatchewan Transplant Program

- Brian Strouse (2008)