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Over 100 Hospital Employees Line Up To Honor Late Nurse Who Had Donated Her Organs

Over 100 Hospital Employees Line Up To Honor Late Nurse Who Had Donated Her Organs

When Mary was being wheeled to the operating room on her bed by her family, over a hundred hospital employees lined the halls to pay tribute to her.

Mary Desin, 58, spent 30 years of her career saving lives. She was a nurse from Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Hamot hospital in Erie, according to Good Morning America. It's true when they say 'once a nurse, always a nurse'. Mary died on May 31 because of a brain aneurysm, but even after her death, she ended up saving more lives as an organ donor, and for the selfless patient care she did, even in death, she received a final send-off from her colleagues that was quite touching! During the time Mary spent working at the hospital, she had a group of friends that became more like a family to her. 



 

When Mary was being wheeled to the operating room on her bed by her family, over a hundred hospital employees lined the halls to pay tribute to her. She began her "honor walk" in a hospital bed at UPMC Hamot as her heart was still beating, and she was breathing with the help of a ventilator until she could be put under until her liver and kidneys could be extracted and used for organ transplantation. 



 

"It was extremely emotional," Mary's son, Matthew James Desin said.  "Most everybody was crying. People I didn't even know came up to me during the time and said how much they loved her and she helped them get further in their career." That's how much people loved her at the job. "I expected maybe 20 people from her times as an OR nurse and her current position to be there," he said. "I didn't expect over 100 people to be impacted by her loss."



 

Mary was soon pronounced brain dead and then she was clinically and legally deceased, and her organs were being kept alive so her wish to selflessly donate them to other people who needed them could be fulfilled. Several people were moved and touched byMary's story, including her colleagues. Donny McDowell, a senior professional staff nurse and one of Desin's friends said she was touched by the whole story. 



 

"What Mary was doing was very brave," he said. "[It was incredible] to see the lives that would be changed because of Mary's gift."The thing about Mary that I learned the most is that you always give and you keep on giving a little bit more," McDowell added. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, one donor can save approximately eight lives by donating their organs and tissues, and one person is added to the waiting list for an organ donation every 10 minutes. 



 

McDowell shared that Mary did a lot more than just her duties as a nurse. She took new nurses under her wing and taught them about the best practices. "She was an educator from start to finish in any way that she touched people," he said. "Mary loved to travel, but because of her family's needs and her own bills, she wasn't able to travel a whole lot," McDowell said.



 

"Her family felt bad that she passed away and can't travel, but now they're taking solace in the fact that she's gonna travel all over the world now because of the people she's helped." Apart from her friends and employees honoring her, the hospital also came up with quite a unique way to honor Desin for her services and for her selfless act that saved lives. UPMC Hamot honored Desin as an organ donor by switching on three lights over the top of the hospital building to signify that someone had received an organ transplant. 



 

UPMC Hamot has these 3 lights across the top. If you have ever seen them lit, it was because someone was receiving an organ transplant. We turned them on yesterday to honor one of our beloved nurses, who sadly passed unexpectedly in our presence. She donated her organs to continue to help save lives, even in her passing. We had a walk for her, hallways lined with more people than I could have counted to see her off. From now on, those lights will not only be turned on when someone RECEIVES an organ, but also when someone donates, as well. It was a very emotional day yesterday, and Mary, we will never forget you or the impact you made throughout your career



 

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