Touching video footage shows the moment family and medical staff ceased all duties to line the walls of a hospital to pay their respects to a 53 year old dying organ donor as a way to mark his ‘incredible gift of life’.
The ‘walk of respect’ has become a tradition at St Luke’s hospital, Idaho and sees staff from all departments of the hospital standing with family and friends of the organ donor, turn out to honor those giving the life-saving gift of organ donation.
During the ‘walk of respect’ they all stand in complete silence as the organ donor is wheeled from the Intensive Care Unit to the Operating Room to have life support withdrawn.
A video posted on social media by the hospital shows dozens of staff and relatives close to tears standing in respectful silence as this 53 year old terminally ill man, whose identity remains anonymous as per to his family’s wishes, is taken on his final journey out of intensive care to be removed from life support.
His illness and the organs he donated still remain unclear, but the footage has been released by the hospital in a tribute to the patient after the man had allowed the hospital to film the moments before he died.
The man’s organs have been donated to the Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank, Faithwire reported.
Thanking the family for allowing the hospital to honor him and share the video, Anita Kissee, the hospital’s PR manager who posted the video online said, “I was moved by the number of people who made a point to be there. There were not a lot of dry eyes – I too was wiping my tears. What a privilege to be invited to be there in that moving moment. It’s just a way we can honor the family who has made a difficult decision. The family said it was just one of the most special things.”
“It’s a way to pay tribute to the patient, their incredible gift of life, and support the family during a deeply emotional time. The employees who are available at the time all gather on the fourth floor and line the halls from the ICU to the elevator. We had two this week, which is unusual. Each of our hospitals have their own version of this, but Meridian is the largest.” A spokesperson for St. Luke’s Health System added.