Baptist Health Corbin commemorates ‘National Donate Life Month’

Baptist Health Corbin Chaplain Tamara Schmidt reads a letter from an anonymous transplant recipient detailing the process the recipient went through to receive a new kidney during the hospital’s “Donate Life” Awareness Event Thursday.
Each of the approximately 30 people that attended Baptist Health Corbin’s ceremony commemorating “National Donate Life Month” held last Thursday near the hospital’s surgery entrances, was asked to draw a stone from a basket.

Written on each stone was an organ or tissue that thousands of people across the Commonwealth, the country and the world are awaiting in hopes of being a transplant recipient.

The stones were then placed at the base of the flagpole outside the hospital where the “Donate Life” flag flies beside the U.S. and Kentucky flags.

Along with kidney, heart, liver and lung, several of the rocks simply said “tissue.”

Officials with the Kentucky Circuit Courts Clerks’ Trust for Life explained that tissue covers a multitude of things including: tendons, blood vessels, bone and the cornea of the eyes.

“They are all the things that may enhance a recipient’s life,” said Francis Click with the Trust for Life. Continue reading

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