Floragraph unveiled for late life-saving trauma surgeon
ORANGE – Trauma Surgeon Randy Giles, who died in 2012, donated several of his organs for life-saving surgeries. On Wednesday, his family unveiled a floragraph of him, which will be featured at the 2019 Donate Life Rose Parade in January.
Family and friends remember Randy Giles as a loving, caring and outgoing person.
Giles died suddenly in 2012 at age 43 of an aneurysm, but he donated his organs to The Sharing Network., an organization that matches organs and tissues for life-saving transplants.
“He was fun and happy and he wanted everyone to be happy,” Randy Giles’ mother Grace Giles said.
Rhode Island resident Mike Callahan received his lungs and met Giles’ family at the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence.
Giles’ two kidneys and liver have also saved the lives of three other people, his friend, and former hospital colleague Rodger Davenport now works at the sharing network.
“He was like a dude, he was the best guy. We would just hang out all night, sit on the patio,” Davenport said. “It’s just so fitting that he saved lives with his hands for so many years and in his final act, he’s continued to save lives.”
His parents said they miss Randy Giles terribly, but his generous spirit will live on.
“We feel his presence here and just about every place we go,” Randy Giles’ father Michael Giles said.