It was a morning of raw and contradictory emotions Tuesday for the families of some two dozen organ donors at University Medical Center Brackenridge: grief and joy, loss and hope improbably commingling.
The occasion was the dedication of Austin’s first — and just Texas’ third — Tree of Life in a hallway near the hospital’s intensive care unit to recognize donors who have saved lives. What now is a three-panel mural of a tree with the names of donors written on leaves will in a matter of weeks be replaced with an etched glass work of art with, so hospital officials and the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance hope, a growing number of leaves bearing names.
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