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Watch: Granddad from Merseyside in desperate plea for treatment

Steve with granddaughter Poppy Credit: Steve McGrath

A fundraising page has been launched to help a granddad from Merseyside get the treatment he desperately needs as he fights multiple sclerosis.

Steve McGrath, who's 57 and now needs to use a wheelchair, was first diagnosed with the disorder in 2009, but he does not meet the criteria necessary to receive stem cell treatment in the UK.

After being refused the treatment on the NHS, Steve has been accepted in Mexico.

His family are desperately trying to raise the funds before his condition deteriorates further.

His granddaughter, Poppy is making sure she does all she can to help him look on the bright side.

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Could music be beneficial to hospital patients?

Registered charity Music in Hospitals is on a mission to improve the quality of life for adults and children who are ill by playing them live music.

Performed live in hospitals, hospices, day care centres, special schools and care homes, Music in Hospitals say music has therapeutic benefits for patients.

Mel Barham visited them at work at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

For more information on Music in Hospitals go here: Music in Hospitals


Mum's petition for everyone to carry donor card

A mum from Lancashire who is campaigning for a change in the law on organ donation.

Five years ago, Natalie Kerr from Chorley underwent a life-saving double lung transplant at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.

Now she is calling for the Government to change the law - to make us all organ donors unless we choose to opt out.

Rob Smith reports.

You can find out more about Natalie's petition here.

Woman calls for law change to encourage more organ donations

A woman who had a double lung transplant five years ago has started an online petition to increase the number of organ donors.

Natalie Kerr from Lancashire wants the government to introduce 'assumed consent', so people have to opt out if they don't want to donate.

I feel that it will save more lives, make it easier to talk about.

People may think that I'm forcing you to donate your organs when I'm not.

The reality is of the 500,000 people that die each year only 1% will be potential donors.

– Natalie Kerr

You can find out more about Natalie's petition here.


Mother calls for law change to encourage more organ donations

Natalie Kerr who had double lung transplant Credit: ITV Granada

A mum from Lancashire who had double lung transplant has launched a campaign for UK residents to be all automatically signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Natalie Kerr had her life saving operation in 2012 and wants to change the law, so that people who do not want to donate have to opt out of the scheme.

So far her petition has almost almost 13, 500 signatures but must reach 100,000 in six months to trigger a debate in Parliament.

Natalie Kerr who had life saving transplant Credit: ITV Granada

Obviously this is something very close to my heart because I was lucky enough to have my life saved.

But many people aren’t as lucky and three people a day are dying while waiting for an organ transplant in the UK.

“That could have been me and would have meant I would not be here today with my children.”

– Natalie Kerr, who had life saving double lung transplant

You can find out more about Natalie's petition here.

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