Letter from Rebecca Engilbertsson to the Segals
October 6, 1999
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Segal,
Hello - I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Rebecca Engilbertsson. On November 25th, 1998, at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA, I received the miracle of life through your generous gift of your son Anton's kidney and pancreas. This is truly the most wonderful gift that you could ever give to another person and I would like to thank you for giving me my health and life back. After 21 years of being a diabetic and 15 months of having to be on kidney dialysis, I'm am free from all my illnesses. I really can't remember when I felt this great. This has been a wonderful journey for me and I am so thankful to your entire family for your decision for Anton to become a donor. I don't know if I can put into words exactly what impact that this transplant has had on me. There is so much that I want to say to you both.
I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to write you. Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your beloved Anton. I can truly understand your grief and sorrow because I lost my beloved brother Bob on December 30th, 1998. He had a double lung transplant on December 1st, 1998 and passed away after developing complications from that surgery. It has been a long hard struggle for me. I miss him terribly but I know he is no longer suffering.
Not a day goes by that I don't think about Anton, your entire family and all the people that loved Anton so much! I did receive his website address and have his homepage printed out and hanging on my bulletin board. I also have given his website address to all of my friends and when friends come over I pull his site up on my computer and introduce Anton to them. I go there everyday to check for any updates - I have spent hours at his site. He was truly loved by everyone. I thank God each day for you and your decision to donate. I feel very honored to carry on with Anton's pancreas and kidney: the doctors tell me that we were a perfect match.
Thank you very much for the "Gift of Life" that you have so lovingly and graciously given me. You are always in by thoughts and prayers and I hope someday that we can meet.
With much love,
15912 Cambrian Drive