29/01/2017 Points West


29/01/2017

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

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surrounding organ donation - after her daughter had

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

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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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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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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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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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A device, believed to be from World War Two, has been found

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It's thought it may have been a Spigot Mortar.

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

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in place and residents were advised to stay in doors.

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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 freight

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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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The scheme, which has been criticised for the intensive

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roadworks needed and the amount it's cost, is due to open in the Autumn.

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

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

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George was found on Cheltenham's Pittville Lake with a bolt

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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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The challenge was to learn a concert-full of music,

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Then this morning they all met for the first time to rehearse

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and there was a full performance 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 has

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raised tens of thousands for the charity.

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Now let's have a look at the weather forecast

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at the start of a new week - here's Emily.

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Hello, we're continuing with unsettled but also some milder

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weather through the week ahead but tonight, still some

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patchy light rain and drizzle for a time.

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Also a lot of cloud, mist and fog forming

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Temperatures tonight no lower than between 6-9.

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So a mild start tomorrow but also quite misty

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and murky for Monday morning and through the day tomorrow.

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Further outbreaks of rain will spread in from the west.

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Very mild, though for the time of year.

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Temperatures tomorrow afternoon up to 12.

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Tuesday looks similar - mild, cloudy with rain at times.

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Some dry and brighter weather on Wednesday,

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We're back with you in the morning in Breakfast News.

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Good evening. Very soggy down south today. A wash-out of the day for

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some of us. Scotland, northern parts of England, had sunshine. It's going

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to be cold. Already is. This is what is heading our way for the week

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ahead. We need our brollies out and it'll turn Wendy later in the week.

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The rain is clearing. I wouldn't say necessarily particularly drying out

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after this rain band boost towards the east, it'll stay damp but cloudy

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and murky in the north. Maybe freezing fog in places. It will be

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cold in the glands of Scotland. It could be down to -10 degrees, it's

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already about -5 or 6 degrees right now. Monday we've got another band

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of rain heading our way. Most of the West Country, Wales, spots into

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Northern Ireland. Most of southern England overcast with some rain.

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Looks

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