Local Heart Recipient and Donor Mom Share Their story at DPS Meeting

November 28, 2018

On November 28, Coasie Parker, heart recipient, and Barbara Edmond, whose son was Parker’s donor, shared their story at a Mississippi Department of Public Safety (Official) meeting in Batesville.

Parker, of Batesville, and Edmond, of Memphis, met for the first time exactly one year ago. On this very special day, they wanted to share their story with the frontline staff of Mississippi Department of Public Safety (Official).

Edmond’s son, Reginald Mercer, was the victim of a hit-and-run when he was only 25 years old. He was an artist and aspiring chef. He had signed up to be an organ donor and his mom said five organs were able to help others.

“It’s a blessing to know that somebody was willing to give a gift that they didn’t have to give,” Parker said.

Thank you Mississippi Department of Public Safety (Official) for registering Mississippians as organ, eye, and tissue donors!