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pictorsstudio41 karma

Just to jump in here:

The donor and their family are protected by HIPAA laws. So no identifying information is passed along to the recipient. However the donor family may waive this right and reach out to the recipient. Similarly the recipient is also protected.

The Organ Procurement Organization that facilitated the transplant may coordinate communication between the two individuals by passing messages along if the individuals agree to be contacted. These messages typically have identifying information obliterated until both parties agree to have the information exchanged.

Then the OPO can arrange a meeting. Often these will take place at the OPO but they do not have to. In my experience this is rare. I worked at OPOs for almost five years total and I heard about less than 10 of these meeting taking place. They would usually announce them so that staff knew to stay away from that area and leave the two parties some space.

Source: I'm a transplant coordinator.

pictorsstudio32 karma

I grew up and went to public school with very limited screen time just by the coincidence of being born in 1975. I do okay in the labour force today.

pictorsstudio9 karma

I think the idea that America won't be invaded is not really recognizing the actuality of modern life and the nature of electronic warfare. America is being constantly invaded. There aren't foreign boots on the ground, exactly, but we had a pipeline shut down that caused a gas shortage and there are probably all kinds of attacks going on "invading" the US daily.

Possibly the nature of the invasions are more of a "grey" war, not totally dissimilar to the border reavers on the Anglo/Scots border in the 16th century, but it is still very much an invasion of American territory, just done electronically.

I'm not trying to be pedantic or nit-pick what you're saying, more tying to open up the idea of invasion to include attacks on infrastructure that, while ephemeral in some ways, is very real in others. That pipeline was occupied by any real standard of the word, just because the "soldiers" doing it were not there doesn't make the effects any less important.

pictorsstudio2 karma

I'm on the board of directors for a small historical museum in PA. I am putting together an exhibit on the effects three different diseases had on people at the time, which wouldn't be any different from people today were they sans medicine probably.

Do you have any materials on malaria you could recommend for the project? The exhibit will feature malaria, yellow fever and small pox. The museum is focused on the mid-18th century but the exhibit will talk about the disease in general, how it affected people then and what is happening with it now.