r/wholesomememes 15d ago

Miracles happen.

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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/MaxHamburgerrestaur 14d 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.