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/blaaaaaaaam 14d 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.