r/wholesomememes 15d ago

Miracles happen.

Post image

473 comments sorted by

View all comments


u/Mispeled_Divel 15d ago

How did she find out? In the US there is HIPAA and I imagine other countries have similar laws, even without laws like that shouldn’t it be difficult to find that stuff out?


u/archbish99 15d ago

According to the article I found, once she got curious she called and pestered the hospitals until a nurse told her the surname. It was his, but still common. She recited her husband's "identification number" "instinctively," and the nurse asked, "How did you know?"

So they didn't want to tell her, but they also aren't strict enough about it to stand up to a pest.


u/blaaaaaaaam 15d ago

I donate a lot of blood, and the more desperate a recipient is to get my name, the less I'd want them to have it. There is no way I'd want my name given to a woman calling all the hospitals trying to pester people into revealing private information like that.

There is a hospital group that displays a QR code on the blood bags. If the recipient chooses, they can scan the code and send an anonymous message and/or picture to the donor. That's about as far as I think it should go.



u/erizzluh 15d ago

it'd be highly amusing if "how did you know?" was just their way of getting her to stop calling. the same way you deal with children who won't leave you alone.

and now she just runs with the story.


u/MikeOfAllPeople 15d ago

Yea honestly people are gonna be people.


u/MaxHamburgerrestaur 15d ago

I don't know how it works in her country, but in mine we can't choose who we want to donate blood and organs to. Thus, when someone needs blood, it is common to ask people close to them to donate, thus increasing blood banks, making the queue move faster and increasing the chance of finding a donor.

So what happens is that your donor is very likely to be someone you know or have heard of people asking for donations.