Cliffton's Generous Gift
On April 23, the hallways of
Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, were lined with hospital staff members to
honor the life of Cliffton Dubois, a 19-year-old organ donor, as he was
wheeled down for his honor walk.
During an honor walk, staff silently line the path from the ICU to the
operating room as the donor is wheeled to the operating room for organ
recovery. The hospital staff pay their respects to the donor and support
the loved ones of the donor. An honor walk is a way to recognize the generosity
of an organ donor as they are giving the ultimate gift. During Cliffton’s
honor walk, the hospital played his favorite song, “Country Roads”
by John Denver over the loudspeakers.
Cliffton’s family made the very difficult and life-changing decision
to honor his designation as an organ donor to save and heal lives through
transplantation. Members of Cliffton’s family are also beloved members
of the Landmark Medical Center staff.
Cliffton’s blood type, AB-negative, is one of the rarest blood types.
He was able to match with people who had been waiting years for organ
donations. Cliffton’s mother, Jennifer Dubois, said, “It gave
me comfort during this horrible time, that some good was going to come
of this, and that people were going to live or be helped because of my
son. That gave me peace.”
- Nearly 114,000 Americans are currently waiting for an organ transplant.
- An average of 22 patients die every day while waiting for a match.
- One person can save eight lives and enhance 75 others through organ, eye
and tissue donation.
Read more about Cliffton, his generous spirit, and how his mother is turning
sadness into hope.
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