For transplant recipients

Every year in Nova Scotia, approximately 125 people receive a lifesaving or life enhancing transplant. Through the gift of donation, their lives and those of their families and friends are improved for years to come.

Recipient stories

After transplantation

For more information and to answer any questions you may have after your transplant please contact the Multi-Organ Transplant Program.

Give and receive news

Some families may want to communicate with the organ or tissue transplant recipients and share some information about their loved one. Writing to a recipient is a personal decision and the timing of when you write (if at all) may vary. What may be right for you may not be right for someone else.

Currently, we offer support to families who may want to communicate with recipients. Before it is sent, the letter is reviewed to ensure that confidentiality is maintained for both the recipient and donor family.

Writing to Transplant Recipients and Their Families (.pdf)

When the new legislation comes into effect (January 18, 2021), it may be possible for donor families, live donors, and recipients to have direct contact with each other, if they wish, when certain criteria are met. This contact could take many forms, such as a phone call, a face-to-face meeting, or releasing personal identifying information so you can email or connect with one another directly instead of through anonymous correspondence through the Legacy of Life Program. Direct contact can happen at least one year after the date of a donation or transplant. Our role is to help facilitate this process.

We support donor families, live donors, and transplant recipients to make the choices that are best for them about much or how little personal information they choose to share. 

 The direct contact process will be open to those who receive their transplant on or after the day the new legislation comes into effect.