Honor Walk pays tribute to Tennessee paramedic continuing to save lives after his death
A Tennessee paramedic who saved lives for a living has continued his life's work even after his death.
Kyle Fisher, 28, died after going into cardiac arrest in Clay County. His heroic final act came days later when he donated his heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and tissue - saving the lives of six people.
As Fisher's hospital bed was shifted from his patient room to the operating room where his organs would be donated, dozens of medical professionals silently lined the halls of Vanderbilt University Medical Center to honor him.
Video from Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Matt Batcheldor shows the solemn ceremony known as an Honor Walk to show respect to donor families for their loved one's last act.
The paramedic at American Medical Response in Nashville made the decision to donate his organs on his driver's license year prior. However, his family did not know about his choice before his medical episode.
“I know 1,000 percent I could not be handling this as well as I am right now if I didn’t know that he was going to save many, many lives by that decision that he’s made,” Kyle's mother, Fredia Fisher, told Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “And I may not be able to have my baby with me, but a lot of other mamas will be able to keep their babies because of him. And that’s just him. So selfless. So caring. So tenderhearted.”
Now Fisher's family has followed Kyle's lead and decided to sign up to be organ donors.
More than 113,000 people across the country are waiting for a life-saving transplant and more than 3,000 of those are in Tennessee, according to Sharon Pakis, manager of public education and public relations with Tennessee Donor Services.
To learn more about Kyle's story or about becoming an organ or tissue donor, click here.