Pennsylvania nurse Mary Desin, 58, is a prime example of one such hero.
Mary Desin devoted her 30-year career to saving patients in need. Unfortunately, she passed away not long ago, at just 58-years-old.
Yet even after her tragic death, she wanted to continue to save lives, and as an organ donor she received a touching final send-off from her colleagues.
According to ABC News, Mary Desin died May 31 of a brain aneurysm. She was mourned by many, and her colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hamot hospital in Erie, who had become like family to Mary, were left devastated.
Mary’s will was to become an organ donor, and so after her death over 100 hospital employees lined the halls to pay tribute to their colleague as she was wheeled on a hospital bed to the operating room. Her liver and kidneys were thereafter donated.
”It was extremely emotional,” Mary’s son, Matthew James Desin, told Good Morning America.
”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.”
The family had not expected such a powerful response from Mary’s colleagues in the hospital.
”I expected maybe 20 people from her times as an OR nurse and her current position to be there,” Matthew James Desin said.
”I didn’t expect over 100 people to be impacted by her loss.”
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hamot hospital also honored Mary by turning on three lights across the top of the hospital building – a symbol to signify that someone has received an organ transplant.
Mary will be deeply missed in her workplace.
”She was an educator from start to finish in any way that she touched people,” Donny McDowell, a senior professional staff nurse and one of Desin’s friends, told GMA.
”What Mary was doing was very brave. [It was incredible] to see the lives that would be changed because of Mary’s gift.”