Photo: A family member places a copper leaf on a special memorial to honor organ donors that was unveiled at the Prince George's Hospital Center Sunday. (WTOP/Thomas Warren)
Family members placed copper leaves engraved with the lost donors name on the "Legacy of Heroes" sculpture tree that now dons a soft green-colored wall in the Intensive Care Unit.
The memorial honors organ, eye, and tissue donations that were facilitated at the hospital.
It was a special day for John O'Brien, chief operating officer of the hospital.
"It's just great to see the faces of the family members who are here to acknowledge that their loved ones didn't die in vain, and that they are heroes to others," O'Brien says.
James Selby talked about his hero.
Selby was 22 years old when he found himself in the hospital in need of a new heart and kidney in order to live.
"I felt as if I had no hope, and I was going to live the rest of my life like this, or until God called me home," Selby says.
He was close to death when he got a new heart and kidney in 1998. They came from a 17-year-old girl.