29/01/2017 Points West


29/01/2017

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Good evening.

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A mother from Cheltenham is campaigning for a change in the laws

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surrounding organ donation,

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after her daughter had a liver transplant.

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Kerry Smith says it made her realise there was a shortage of donors.

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She wants England to adopt the Welsh system,

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where it's assumed everyone has given consent, unless they opt out.

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Scott Ellis reports.

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15-year-old Megan Carson from Cheltenham fell ill last year

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with autoimmune hepatitis.

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Luckily, she had a liver transplant within two months.

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But that anxious wait made her family aware

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of a shortage of donors, one they think would be improved

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if England adopted the Welsh system of presumed consent.

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Well, one person can donate several organs,

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and I think that presumed consent can help so much more

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than just opting in, because not enough people opt in.

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Presumed consent would enable everybody

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to make their wishes known.

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I still believe they should have the choice and they can

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opt out if they need to, but it would ease the decisions

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that their upset relatives need to make at that time.

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Kerry Smith is canvassing politicians for a change

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to the Welsh system.

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In its first year, it has led to an increase in transplants.

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People we spoke to here are in favour.

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If we did, like, adapt to it, then it should be more advertised

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on the fact that you can opt out if you want to.

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I wouldn't mind my organs going, but I just don't have a donor card.

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There are those, though, who worry about presumed consent -

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the thought the state in some way owns your organs, and might death be

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hastened if an organ was needed by someone else?

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But a leading medical philosopher in the West says it is worth

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remembering that you are more likely to need an organ than be a donor.

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We emphasise the donor's perspective, another equally

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important question is, would you want to have an organ

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available to you if you were in a situation where you needed one,

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and the alternative was death?

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The Department of Health in England says it has no plans

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to introduce an opt-out system, but it is watching developments

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in Wales, where the UK as a whole has one of the lowest rates

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of consent in Europe.

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Scott Ellis, BBC Points West.

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A device believed to be from World War II has been found

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on a beach near Weston-Super-Mare.

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It is thought it may have been a spigot mortar.

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It was blown up in a controlled explosion this afternoon

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by the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Unit.

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Because of its size, a 1,500 metre exclusion zone was put

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in place and residents were advised to stay indoors.

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The final beams were put into place today for

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a new bridge for MetroBus, going over the Portbury

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freight line near Winterstoke Road in South Bristol.

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Completion of the bridge has been called a milestone -

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it'll mean the Metrobus can avoid congestion on the Winterstoke Road

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and Cumberland Basin.

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The scheme, which has been criticised for the intensive

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roadworks needed and the amount it has cost,

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is due to open in the autumn.

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In football, Bristol City's woes continue this weekend.

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They are out of the FA Cup, beaten 2-0 at Premier League Burnley.

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Here's a round-up.

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Once Burnley went ahead in the final seconds of the first half,

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City never really looked like getting back into the game.

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Then Steven Defour sealed it on 68 minutes from the edge of the box.

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Over in League One, a West Country derby.

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Billy Bodin's 29th-minute effort earned Bristol Rovers

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victory over Swindon.

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The shot went in via both posts.

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Rovers now in touch with the play-off places,

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Swindon are skirting near the drop zone.

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Cheltenham held on for a goalless draw at Crewe, thanks in part

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to the goalkeeping heroics of Scott Brown.

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Yeovil were beaten 3-0 at home by promotion favourites Doncaster.

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Two from John Marquis sealing Yeovil's fate.

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And Forest Green closed the gap at the top of the National League,

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as Emmanuel Monthe's late winner helped see off Barrow

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at Holker Street.

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Staff caring for an injured swan that was shot with a crossbow

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have told us they're pleased with his progress this weekend.

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George was found on Cheltenham's Pittville Lake

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with a bolt in his neck last Monday.

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But these recent pictures show, he's already standing on his own.

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Vale Wildlife Hospital is watching his recovery closely

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before attempting to operate on his eye.

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And around 500 amateur singers and musicians pulled off

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an amazing feat today.

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The challenge was to learn a concert full of music

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sent to them in advance, then this morning, they all met

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for the first time to rehearse, and there was a full performance

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at the end of the day.

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The audience made donations to Cancer Research UK.

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Now in its eighth year, the Scratch Orchestra Challenge

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has raised tens of thousands for the charity.

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Time for a weather check now, here's Emily Wood.

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Hello. We have seen some very wet weather today.

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Remaining unsettled for the week ahead as well.

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Still some rain for a time this evening.

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It does ease as we go through tonight, but leaves

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behind a lot of cloud, some drizzle and also some mist

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and fog to watch out for.

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Not too cold tonight, though, lows of between six and nine Celsius.

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So, a grey and murky start to Monday morning with mist and fog,

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and further outbreaks of rain spreading through the West

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tomorrow afternoon.

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It does remain mild, though, we could see highs of up to

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11 or 12 Celsius tomorrow.

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Tuesday looks similar, cloudy and mild with outbreaks of rain.

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Some drier and brighter weather for a time, though, on Wednesday.

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And that's it.

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We are back later in the Ten O'Clock News.

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Enjoy your evening, goodbye for now.

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