Hospital staff, family and friends all lined the hallways to honor a dying 53-year-old man after the decision was made to end life support and donate his organs.
The St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center in Idaho traditionally create give a sendoff which they have called “Walk of Respect” where they line the hallway of the Intensive Care Unit as a way to give thanks to the patients as they head into the operating room to pass on.
The family of the patient, who have asked to remain anonymous permitted the hospital staff to record the emotional moment before he died.
All of the St. Luke’s hospitals create a tribute to patients donating organs, a tradition which began after the son of an employee passed on and staff gave him a similar sendoff.
Following the video being posted online, the hospital says that other organizations have contacted them about creating similar programs to honor patients in similar situations.