YOUR TURN: Organ transplant policy controversy

Lee Meredith
Lee Meredith

This week's "Your Turn" segment comes from the Action News 5 Facebook page where people are concerned about a change that may make it harder to receive an organ transplant here in the Memphis area.

Action News 5's Joe Birch investigated the policy change in a report that aired this week. Doctors here say the change may mean that some people here will die before transplant donations become available. That's bad news for Karen Johnson DeBerry's husband. In her words:

"My husband has been waiting for four years. He is so sick and needs a kidney in the worst way. I know how it feels to be helpless at his bed side. We have a nine-year-old daughter who wants to play with her daddy but he doesn't have the energy. So I'm all for whatever needs to be done for people to get a transplant and be able to live a normal life."

That's Karen Johnson DeBerry's turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, e-mail or call 800-465-1210.

Here are some other things our Facebook friends had to say about organ donation:

"Yes I am. A sweet little 1 (now 2) year old boy in Dyer County, TN received a liver just a year ago, thanks to an organ donor! I think changing the law is ridiculous, and it is going to mean a higher death rate in the state of Tennessee." – Leslie Gillon

"Yes I am!! My son is currently waiting for a kidney and there are so many other people out there waiting for something too. Please, please consider be a donor if you aren't already. You can very well either save or change someone's life forever!!" – Joanna Wright

"My husband has been waiting for 4 years on the list he got a kidney transplant the 10th of last month but then 6 hrs later they took it out b/c it formed a blood clot he has on on Dialysis for over 2 years he is so sick & needs a kidney in the worst way! I know how it feels to be helpless & his bed side we have a 9 years old daughter that wants to play with her daddy but he doesn't have the energy! So I'm all for what ever needs to be done for people too get a transplant & be able to live a Normal life" – Karen Johnson DeBerry

"I am an organ donor. its great that someone would give the gift for life for someone else. My husband got a heart transplant, we are thankful for the woman's family for giving him life. and also God." – Diane Reed

"Yes I am! Why shouldn't I save a life by giving something I can't take with me when I'm gone? Its not against my religion so I couldn't imagine not being a donor!" – Kyla Hoschar Lee

"Yes, I am and most of my family. My husband received a kidney last month after waiting 7 years on dialysis. We are so thankful for the person or family that choose to donate. He was multi listed at out of town hospitals due to those reasons but thankfully he was able to get it here at home. Everyone should have a chance for an organ no matter what area of the state you are in." – Kim Perry Brakefield