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Should alcoholics receive liver transplants?

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Recently released figures show that one in four liver transplants go to people who have damaged their livers due to alcoholism.

For The One Show, Paddy O'Connell has been looking at whether the UK's organ transplant system needs to be changed to give lower priority to those that "only have themselves to blame".

 In the film Paddy met George Best's surgeon - Prof Nigel Heaton. Nigel told Paddy that he believes that everyone on the transplant list should be treated equally and be given one chance at a new life.

Eunice Booker does not agree. Eunice's daughter died in 2006 - and her organs were donated to help others. Eunice told Paddy that alcoholics should have lower priority on the transplant list.

 The film closed with Nigel saying that it's "important that the public supports transplantation and organ donation rises to the level we see in other countries, because there are so many people we could offer this effective form of treatment to".

More information

NHS - organ donation.

The British Liver Trust.

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