Nancy Osman, left, watches as Kelly Barnes, right, takes a photo with his family Wednesday following a ceremony at Good Shepherd Medical Center honoring organ and tissue donors. Barnes was the recipient of a kidney and pancreas from Osman's son, Ty Osman, whose photo was added to the Wall of Heroes
Barnes was the recipient of a kidney and pancreas from Ty Osman, who died in March, following a car wreck. He met Osman’s family at the dedication of the Wall of Heroes at Good Shepherd Medical Center, which honors organ and tissue donors.
Barnes, 36, was diagnosed with diabetes as a child. By 2011 the disease had progressed to the point where his kidneys had failed and he was on dialysis. The transplant changed all of that.
“I no longer need insulin or dialysis,” Barnes said. “Because of the organs I received from Osman, I can look forward to a long, healthy life.”
Ty Osman’s mother, Nancy Osman, said she was glad for the opportunity to meet one of the recipients of her son’s organs. His other kidney, liver, lungs and heart were also donated.