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Missouri House votes to extend donations to organ donor fund


April 12, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House overwhelmingly voiced its support Tuesday for a proposal to extend a tax checkoff program for organ donations after an emotional speech from a representative with a personal connection to the fund.

Rep. Steve Cookson, of Butler County, announced for the first time publicly that he has been diagnosed with liver failure and will need a transplant if he is to survive. He said the liver failure stemmed from blood viruses transmitted to him through a blood transplant in the 1970s.

Cookson said he hopes to get a transplant after the legislative sess...

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