Mayo Clinic is mourning the loss of Dr. Luis Bonilla, a cardiac surgeon, and David Hines, an organ procurement technician who, along with the pilot of the helicopter, perished during a mission to bring the gift of life to a transplant patient.
Every hour across the nation dedicated professionals are on call and in the air, transporting organs and restoring hope to patients in their most desperate hours.
“We’ve been touched by the outpouring of prayer and sympathy from patients, friends and colleagues who understand the demands and sacrifices made by these dedicated transplant teams,” said William Rupp, M.D., vice president of Mayo Clinic and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Florida. “We hope the community honors their sacrifice by supporting organ donation.”
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Audio of Dr. Rupp’s message: http://db.tt/8NNfrI0n (MP3)
Hi-Res photo of Dr. Luis Bonilla: http://db.tt/BEf78aHF (JPG)
Hi-Res photo of David Hines: http://db.tt/RkWDunq6 (JPG)
Hi-Res photo of Bonilla/Hines together: http://db.tt/eXIqamoM (JPG)
Transplant programs at Mayo Clinic: MayoClinic.org/transplant
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