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A mother from Cheltenham is campaigning for a change in the laws
surrounding organ donation - after her daughter had
Kerry Smith says it made her realise there was a shortage of donors.
She wants England to adopt the Welsh system,
where it's assumed everyone has given consent, unless they opt out.
15-year-old Megan Carson from Cheltenham fell ill last year
Luckily, she had a liver transplant within two months.
But that anxious wait made her family aware
of a shortage of donors, one they think would be improved
if England adopted the Welsh system of presumed consent.
Well, one person can donate several organs,
and I think that presumed consent can help so much more
than just opting in, because not enough people opt in.
Presumed consent would enable everybody
I still believe they should have the choice and they can
opt out if they need to, but it would ease the decisions
that their upset relatives need to make at that time.
Kerry Smith is canvassing politicians for a change
In its first year, it has led to an increase in transplants.
People we spoke to here are in favour.
If we did, like, adapt to it, then it should be more advertised
on the fact that you can opt out if you want to.
I wouldn't mind my organs going, but I just don't have a donor card.
There are those, though, who worry about presumed consent -
the thought the state in some way owns your organs, and might death be
hastened if an organ was needed by someone else?
But a leading medical philosopher in the West says it is worth
remembering that you are more likely to need an organ than be a donor.
We emphasise the donor's perspective, another equally
important question is, would you want to have an organ
available to you if you were in a situation where you needed one,
The Department of Health in England says it has no plans
to introduce an opt-out system, but it is watching developments
in Wales, where the UK as a whole has one of the lowest rates
A device, believed to be from World War Two, has been found
It's thought it may have been a Spigot Mortar.
Because of its size, a 1,500m exclusion zone was put
in place and residents were advised to stay in doors.
The final beams were put into place today for
a new bridge for MetroBus - going over the Portbury freight
line near Winterstoke Road in South Bristol.
Completion of the bridge has been called a milestone.
It'll mean the MetroBus can avoid congestion on the Winterstoke Road
The scheme, which has been criticised for the intensive
roadworks needed and the amount it's cost, is due to open in the Autumn.
Staff caring for an injured swan that was shot with a crossbow have
told us they're pleased with his progress this weekend.
George was found on Cheltenham's Pittville Lake with a bolt
But these recent pictures show he's already standing on his own.
Vale Wildlife Hospital is watching his recovery closely
before attempting to operate on his eye.
And around 500 amateur singers and musicians pulled off
The challenge was to learn a concert-full of music,
Then this morning they all met for the first time to rehearse
and there was a full performance at the end of the day.
The audience made donations to Cancer Research UK.
Now in its eighth year, the Scratch Orchestra challenge has
raised tens of thousands for the charity.
Now let's have a look at the weather forecast
at the start of a new week - here's Emily.
Hello, we're continuing with unsettled but also some milder
weather through the week ahead but tonight, still some
patchy light rain and drizzle for a time.
Also a lot of cloud, mist and fog forming
Temperatures tonight no lower than between 6-9.
So a mild start tomorrow but also quite misty
and murky for Monday morning and through the day tomorrow.
Further outbreaks of rain will spread in from the west.
Very mild, though for the time of year.
Temperatures tomorrow afternoon up to 12.
Tuesday looks similar - mild, cloudy with rain at times.
Some dry and brighter weather on Wednesday,
We're back with you in the morning in Breakfast News.
Good evening. Very soggy down south today. A wash-out of the day for
some of us. Scotland, northern parts of England, had sunshine. It's going
to be cold. Already is. This is what is heading our way for the week
ahead. We need our brollies out and it'll turn Wendy later in the week.
The rain is clearing. I wouldn't say necessarily particularly drying out
after this rain band boost towards the east, it'll stay damp but cloudy
and murky in the north. Maybe freezing fog in places. It will be
cold in the glands of Scotland. It could be down to -10 degrees, it's
already about -5 or 6 degrees right now. Monday we've got another band
of rain heading our way. Most of the West Country, Wales, spots into
Northern Ireland. Most of southern England overcast with some rain.