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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center held its 15th annual Pinwheel Planting and Transplant Reunion Sunday.
About 12,000 pinwheels were planted on the medical center’s plaza, each representing an organ transplant that happened at the hospital. With eight spokes supported by one stem, the pinwheel shows the power of one organ donor who can save up to eight lives.
“I have lung transplant patients who will say, ‘I’m fine, I just can’t breathe,’” OSU nurse practitioner Brea McLaughlin said. “They’ll get their life-saving lung donation transplant and after they are extubated off the ventilator and when they take that first breath, you can see them sigh a breath of release.”