SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Saratoga Hospital recently raised a flag to honor the late Rosa Durr, whose decision to be an organ donor gave the gift of life to three others. Durr, 45, died suddenly in December.
Durr was the fiancée of Arron Ford, who works in the operating room at Saratoga Hospital, a job that has shaped his perspective on organ donation.
“When you see, firsthand, what organ donation means for patients, you come to appreciate that there is no greater gift,” Ford said.
Saratoga Hospital flies a special “organ donor” flag for every organ donation at the hospital. After a week, the flag is taken down, cleaned and presented to the donor’s family as an expression of gratitude. Flags are provided and cleaned by the Center for Donation and Transplant, which coordinates the retrieval of donated organs and tissue at more than 43 hospitals throughout northeastern New York and western Vermont.
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