The honor walk


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We want to focus on what happens just before that flurry because that promise of life mean someone has died. My name is Dexter Chris. I am a full professor at Suny Plattsburgh and Alton is my son. He has the third of three children. Dalton is mostly known because he was an outstanding wrestler here in upstate New York. He was such a kind person to everyone that he wrestled people win. And then pick them up off off the bat you know he just Kinda Guy. Dalton graduated from High School June twenty nineteen. He was going to major in criminal justice. There's only Plattsburg and he was gonNA also minor in music as well as history. He loved history alive. August nineteenth. The day of the accident changed everything thing for the Chris. Family Barbara my wife and Dalton were coming from work so they actually worked together at the resort and they were maybe maybe six miles from the house. It seems to Dalton dozed off and crossed. The median went down into a little drainage ditch drainage ditch was just enough to send the jeep that they were driving airborne. Don's jeep ended up hitting meeting house. He hit his head in the force of the crash. Barbara was badly injured two. They were both unconscious. I got the phone call. Colin got. They're both Barbara and Dalton. Were next to each other and to look at them. There was no reason to think to Barbara was survived and was no reason. I think Dalton wouldn't survive just like he was fine and Barbara was none. They were both in such serious condition that they were airlifted from Plattsburgh Berg to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. They would just rooms away from one another in the ICU. After Dexter and his daughter Danielle arrived at UVM VM doctors. Explain that was Dalton. Who was more seriously hurt? His neck had been broken in the crash. His brain had bled so much. He was suffering offering a series of strokes. Now I'm being told that Dalton was not gonNa make it. I remember that like it was yesterday and just like it was yesterday. I couldn't believe does what they were saying that he was not going to make it. I think it was Jennifer. Who found a a quiet room? My name is Jennifer de Maroney. And I'm the organ donation coordinator at University of Vermont Medical Center so when when daughter Danielle and I sat down. Jennifer presented to me Dalton's driver's license. So you got a man you can imagine you know my son and UH my wife. They had cut their clothes away in. The jewelry have been removed all kinds of stuff and in the midst of all the chaos. There's there's Dalton's driver's license and she points out to me that he's an organ donor and I started to smile and cry and I said Yes. He is Jennifer explained she still needed the family's permission to make sure the dolphins wished to be an organ. Donor was carried out. Dexter gave the okay as she said to celebrate this wonderful choice that my son made and others that find themselves given Dorgan's an honor walk has been established and UVM is is one of those places where the person's last wishes can and be carried out on a walk is new ritual being adopted by hospitals around the US. It takes place after a patient has died and just before the organs are recovered. It's meant to honor the gift. They're making an honor. Walk is when staff from all across the hospital come in line the halls between the ICU and the operating room as the patient and the family take their final walk all together Before the donation you via medical center started doing honor walks in August of twenty eighteen. Carol Maxwell is an intensive care nurse there before honor walk. Sometimes sometimes the families would leave before we would bring their loved one's body to the operating room and it felt kind of bizarre and lonely in strange. After doctors made the official call that Dalton had died hospital staff dove into planning. The ANA. WanNa Walk Jennifer. Says they try to add personal touches to the walks whenever possible. They found out that Dexter was a director of a Gospel. Choir won the Dolphin was involved in two and so as we were planning the honor walk someone sad are we should have a gospel choir here. We were able Oh to bring the Gospel choirs direct. We were in the ICU. And the timing of the operating room was about right. Save fifteen minutes away and all of a sudden you could just hear if you listen carefully you could hear this beautiful music music and if it was loud you couldn't hear it you needed to to listen and they were warming up and they were warming up with amazing grace race and it just immediately lately brought chills when you heard just something so beautiful in in a controlled chaos of an ICU. So fifteen minutes before we leave the ICU. At final pop up comes on the computer. So everyone's computer gets a pop up that says in fifteen minutes. It's the honor walk is going to be happening at that point. We start lining everyone up. We had moved Dalton into his mom's Israel Barbara so that they could be together one last time so I felt it important that Barbara if she she had any level of consciousness at that point would have opportunity to touch her son's hand for the last time. And so Barbara Myself and Danielle Makita. Maybe my mom. I can't remember that we're in this But we all hell hands together at that one moment and end as we came out of her room after that really touching moment I could hear the choir singing and and it just sent chills down my spine Because I knew that they all love Dalton and Love Dexter and Love Barbara and it that it was a very close community and they started to sing this song. All we asked by Donnie mcclarkin. And it's a beautiful song which talks about someone in their last days about to die and the song is so it resonates Great Dalton and it was joyful away fall at a really really sad time there was joy the hallways who are packed on both sides with not only friends not only athletes Dalton hit known but so many. UVM staff staff. You see uniforms from all across the hospital from housekeeping to folks who work in the Cafeterias to L. Doctors to nurses and residents from all over the hospital to walk those steps behind Son and you realize is literally two or three hundred people in those holes now. That was amazing. The home take me a aw. We walks the hallways and went through the operating room hallway to the door to where you have to be sterile to go in and that's where we stopped upped and stay finish singing there and gives a family a few minutes to say goodbye. I'm a fairly strong guy emotionally but When you realize when you realize you're not going to see Son Breath again when he's not going to be warm again his heart's not gonNa beat again. The next time you see him that became final. Aw Man win the next match Roy Moore. I guess the more the most uncomfortable part was after two on a walk his complete you walk. Walk Back Down the hall now. Dow was the most shocking thing. People were still there is not like they said okay. We're out. You know they they were. They were the honor. WELK is four reverse. I think about if Dalton was not an organ donor there would have been just since they just sorrow. There would have been great memories but the very fact there's a legacy left and so many people after Dalton there's a level of celebration that would not normally be there up to fifty fifty if not more people that Dalton is able to help. According to a letter I received from new organ donation people there in Albany New York. There's there's a young man a father forty four year old father who received adult heart that the forty four father his family only his children. They're celebrating the recipient of Dalton's corneas in Albany the restoration of sight to them as a miracle the person in Seattle Washington who received Dalton's cornea. Same thing that's such a celebration that deserve to be celebrated Ah A A in. Our story was produced by Tina Antolini. This performance of all we ask is by the Plattsburgh State Gospel. Choir directed acted by Dexter. Chris thumbs father. Our story was edited by talk. Utilities special thanks to Danielle Chris and reveals lower. Laura Starts Eski Victoria Burnett's reveals general counsel of production managers wind in hosa original score and sound design by the dynamic duo J. Breezy Mr Jim Briggs Rigs Fernando my man Yo Arruda that helped this week from Amy Mustafa and the g meaning our CEO. Is Chris from Burke. Matt Thompson is our editor and chief. 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