The Standard-Examiner | Jaime Lampros
OGDEN -- Sebastian Osman was just 16 when he decided to give the gift of life. His decision ended up saving the life of an Ogden mother.
Sebastian, along with other organ donors, was honored Wednesday afternoon during a memorial service at McKay-Dee Hospital. The hospital, along with its foundation and Intermountain Donor Services, has placed a Wall of Heroes memorial on the second floor of the hospital to remember those who have made the life-saving decision to become organ, tissue and eye donors.
Wall of Heroes is a silent DVD presentation in the hallway next to the chapel where stories and photos of donors and recipients are shared.
Sebastian, of Salt Lake City, had listened to a presentation on organ donation during his driver's education course. When he got home, he told his mother he wanted to answer "Yes" on his driver's license as to whether he wanted to be an organ donor.
"The presentation really left an impression on him," said Sebastian's mother, Gerri Osman, speaking at the memorial. "He was very adamant about his choice and wanted to make sure I understood."
Shortly after that conversation in 2006, Sebastian was hit by a car and killed while crossing the street.
"When they came and asked me about donating his organs, I knew what his wishes were," Osman said. "Without knowing ahead of time what his choice was, I'm 99.9 percent sure I would have said 'no' and that's very painful for me to admit."
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