Pinwheels planted at Wexner Medical Center honor former patients, organ donors

NBC 4 Columbus | Tyler Carter
COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is celebrating Donate Life Month, recognizing former transplant patients and organ donors. Sunday, the medical center celebrated its 10th annual Pinwheel Planting ceremony.

A garden of multi-colored pinwheels fills the front plaza of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Each pinwheel planted represents a life saved through an organ donor transplant.

Since 1967, OSU Wexner Medical Center has performed 8,500 transplants. April Miles is one of those 8,500 lives saved.

“I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for my donor,” Miles said.

This young mother of two wasn’t supposed to live to see 25. She was born with Bileria Tracheai, a disease the effects the bile ducts in and outside her liver. The only cure is a transplant.

“I made it to 25, but when I was 24 I was listed shortly after my younger son’s first birthday,” said Miles. Continue reading
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