Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Slidell organ donor killed in car accident honored with floragraph

The New Orleans Advocate

April 2006, Matt Walsh, of Slidel,l was killed in a car accident.

Today, he lives on not just in the memory of his family and friends but in a more literal way as well: His heart saved the life of a 65-year-old man, his kidney went to a 12-year-old girl and his liver to a 47-year-old woman.

To honor his gifts as an organ donor, a floragraph — an image made entirely from organic materials — was made in Walsh’s likeness.

California volunteers for Donate Life America, an organ donation advocacy group, decorated it almost to completion, and his family, including mother Tere Walsh and sister Christen Roberts, of Slidell, gathered on Dec. 4 at West Jefferson Hospital in Marrero, where Walsh had been taken for treatment after his crash with an 18-wheeler, to complete it.

His floragraph, along with those of about 50 other organ donors, will be featured on a float in the 2016 Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. Walsh’s family will travel to Pasadena, California, to help finish the Donate Life float and attend the parade. VIDEO, Continue reading


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