A “walk of respect” for an organ donor

This will buttress your faith in humanity in these dire times. It’s a sad video but also an uplifting one.

What you see here took place in Meridian, Idaho about ten days ago, when a 53-year-old man was moved from the intensive care unit to the operating theater, where he was taken off life support and died. His organs were then removed and used to help other people. When his gurney was wheeled to the operating theater, the staff of St. Luke’s Meridian Hospital silently lined the fourth-floor hallway, as they always do, to pay respect to the man’s gift and to support his family.

Please make sure you’ve filled out your organ-donation form on your driver’s license, as I have, or put it in your “living will”. You’re not going to need those organs when you’re dead, but somebody else will.

h/t: Su


  1. Historian
    Posted October 11, 2018 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    I was very moved by this ceremony. It does represent a bright light in dark times.

  2. Posted October 11, 2018 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Very moving. For anyone not already an organ donor: the rest does not have to be silence, despite protests of the Dane. Parts of you can live on.

    • rickflick
      Posted October 11, 2018 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      It’s a form of immortality worth wanting.

  3. Glenda Palmer
    Posted October 11, 2018 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Already done. 😀

  4. YF
    Posted October 11, 2018 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    My fear is that my organs would end up inside a Repugnican. I would not rest in peace.

  5. Posted October 11, 2018 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    How very moving — I’ve been a prospective organ donor since 1976, when it became available on California’s drivers’ licenses, and was on Be the Match for bone marrow donation until I aged out.

  6. XCellKen
    Posted October 11, 2018 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I am leaving my body to the Baylor College of Medicine

  7. Diane G
    Posted October 12, 2018 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    Some things are trite just because they’re so true. In this case it’s the phrase, “restores one’s faith in humanity.”

  8. Lisa
    Posted October 12, 2018 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    What a great gesture, I hope this is adopted by all hospitals.

  9. Eddie
    Posted October 13, 2018 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    My 14 year old daughter was the recipient of an organ donation 9 years ago — a liver. I wish I could do something to honor her donor like this everyday. She was a beautiful 4 year old girl.

  10. Posted October 13, 2018 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this. It hurt to watch as this hit too close to home for me, but very moving.

  11. Ullrich Fischer
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Organ donation should be registered on an opt-out basis rather than opt-in. If you have no interest in the subject and don’t want to think about it, why not assume you’re ok with it rather than the other way around? There really is no logical reason to hang onto your body parts once you’re dead… and there are lives which might be saved by letting them go.

    • Posted October 28, 2018 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

      I agree.
      Thanks to Prof. Coyne for this post!

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