September 18, 2020
Sarasota, FL - Caregivers lined the hallway from the intensive care unit to the operating room at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota to honor a young man and his family. The 25-year-old Sarasota County resident was taken from the ICU, where he had been a patient, to the OR to donate his organs. Six organs from the donor went to five different recipients. His heart was donated to a recipient in South Carolina, his lungs to a recipient in Miami, his liver was donated to a recipient in Georgia, one kidney was donated to a recipient in Tampa and another kidney was donated to a recipient in Largo, Florida.
To honor the patient, caregivers silently lined the hallway for what is known as an "honor walk." It is a way to honor the generosity of the donor for sharing the gift of life. According to LifeLink, an organ and tissue recovery organization serving Sarasota and Manatee counties, more than 5,800 Floridians are actively waiting for an organ donation.
The mother of the organ donor remembered her son as a strong- willed, but loving young man. His mother and two brothers thanked the hospital caregivers for the tribute. The donor did not die from COVID-19 but rather other causes. In addition to the honor walk, a flag with the "donate life" emblem will fly in front of the hospital for the next three days.