A family grieving a loved one in intensive care may, in some cases, and at some point, be gently asked about organ donation. If consent is given, and when it’s time, the family then makes the journey from intensive care to the operating room, where the last and lasting gift is made.
Even knowing it’s what a loved one would have wanted, that walk is described as lonely and long and painful by the families of the donors.
Who can possibly understand the agony of holding a hand while making that slow trip that marks the end of life?
How about a sea of hospital of caregivers, lining the hallways, standing in silence to pay their respect?
In hospitals across the US, a tradition called the Honor Walk is gaining momentum. Workers line hallways from the intensive care to the operating room–the path the organ donor and family will walk in the final moments of being together–in tribute to the gift of organ donation.
Grab a tissue. Then, watch this honor walk below:
who can donate
When a person has been determined by a physician to be brain dead, he or she may be considered as a donor. This starts the process of looking for a compatible recipient from a national registry, probably someone nearby as organs don’t transport well.
Want to sign up to donate organs? Here’s a link.
We need a lot more organ donations in order to meet the needs of sick patients. Should we be allowed to sell our organs? We’ll take at the industry called “transplant tourism” in which desperate people hook up with willing donors in hospitals half a world away.
China is apparently in the business of harvesting organs from healthy prisoners. Geek out on it here.