“Honoring Those Who Donate Life” by Michelle Donovan, BSN, RN
Today, AAMC raised the Donate Life flag, now flying just below the American and State of Maryland flags. In tribute to organ and tissue donors, we celebrated with the Living Legacy Foundation, our organ procurement organization, through the Flags Across Maryland campaign.
This month is National Donate Life Month. Throughout April, AAMC will fly the Donate Life flag in honor of the profound generosity of individuals and families who have offered the gift of life to others, even as they experienced personal loss.
We acknowledge and remember four AAMC patients who donated organs in 2009, as well as their families and support systems. These donors, with the assistance and caring of our staff, the determination of their families, and the collaboration of the Living Legacy Foundation, gave the gift of life to 13 donor recipients. Thirteen lives were saved.
In addition to these organ donors, there were 30 tissue and eye donors who helped save and enhance the lives of thousands of individuals.
We are honored to fly the Donate Life flag in recognition of these donors and will continue to work with our staff, the Living Legacy Foundation, and Donate Life Maryland to bring an awareness of this special gift to our Medical Center and community.
As the flag flies during the month of April, will you consider and reflect on your choices regarding organ donation? Are you an organ donor? If so, please let your family know.
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Have you experienced caring for a patient and family who made the decision to donate an organ? What about someone on the recieving end of donation? Please share your story here.