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Monday, September 19, 2016

Teens look to create 'opt-out' system in organ donation bill

WAVE | Jobina Fortson
Anna & Gracie Parish (Source: Jobina Fortson/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A tear rolled down Anna Parish’s face when she began to talk about the pain she went through every day as she waited for a liver transplant.

“I always had trouble walking up stairs. I was short of breath and couldn't play sports,” the teenager said.

Anna Parish was diagnosed with liver disease at 5 weeks old. By age 8, she was on the transplant list. She finally got a new organ three years later. It ultimately saved her life.

“I don't know what I would do without my sister," Gracie Parish, a senior at Louisville Collegiate, said. "My sister is my best friend. I don't know what I would do if she wasn't here with me. There's so many people in the same boat as her."

Gracie Parish came up with the idea of "Anna's Bill." The goal is to change the state, and then the country's, organ donation program. The sisters plan to establish an opt-out system, which means people would have to remove their names from the organ donation list, rather than sign-up to be on it (the current protocol). Continue reading

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