A state representative announced he has liver failure to the Missouri House, pleading for easy ability to contribute to the organ donor program.
Wrap: Poplar Bluff Representative Steve Cookson said he needs a liver transplant to stay alive and recognized organ donor workers for their help.
|Description: And I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you. Not for myself, but for thousands of other people that are going to find themselves on this list someday.|
Cookson made the announcement while speaking in favor of a law that allows people to donate part of their tax returns to Missouri's organ donor program. Without action, the measure will expire this year.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jack Morrisroe.
After announcing his diagnosis of liver failure, a state representative was hopeful he would finish his term in the Missouri House.
Wrap: Republican Representative Steve Cookson spoke in favor of a measure to allow a donation from tax returns to Missouri's organ donor program.
Cookson said he needs a liver transplant to stay alive and an organ donation is his best chance. He also said his condition makes working more difficult, but hopes to stay a representative through his term.
|Description: That's one thing my parents... my grandfather taught me, was that we finish what we start, no matter what.|
The law will expire this year unless action is taken.
Reporting from the state Captiol, I'm Jack Morrisroe.