UPMC Hamot pays tribute to late nurse's 30-year career

Over 100 hospital workers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hamot on June 7 lined the hospital's halls to honor a late nurse who helped save patients' lives even after her death, according to ABC affiliate JET-TV 24.

The nurse, 58-year-old Mary Desin, died of a brain aneurysm May 31. As Ms. Desin's family wheeled her into an operating room to donate her liver and kidneys, her colleagues stood by to pay tribute to her life and 30-year nursing career at the hospital.

"I expected maybe 20 people from her times as an [operating room] nurse and her current position to be there," Matthew James Desin, Ms. Desin's son, told Good Morning America. "I didn't expect over 100 people to be impacted by her loss."

UPMC Hamot has three lights at the top of the hospital, which it normally turns on after an organ transplant. The hospital turned on its lights to honor Ms. Desin as part of a new tradition to also recognize organ donations performed at the hospital.

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