The State Government could waive more than $160,000 owed for a controversial liver transplant by the family of a young Perth woman who later died.
Health Minister Kim Hames confirmed the Government was repaid $88,841 - a third of the $250,000 interest-free loan for Claire Murray's transplant in Singapore 3½ years ago.
The Government loan in March 2010 was so the dying mother of two young children could have a second transplant using part of the liver of her aunt Carolyn Jackson.
Perth doctors refused Ms Murray a second donor transplant because she lapsed back into drug addiction, which contributed to the failure of the first one.
Ms Murray's risky "live liver" surgery in Singapore initially went well but she died from complications 15 days later and just after her 25th birthday.
The loan was to be repaid after two years in March 2012 but was extended to March this year.
Dr Hames would only say this week arrangements for the balance were yet to be finalised but The Weekend West understands the Government is getting legal advice on writing off the money.
Soon after her death, Premier Colin Barnett said the family would be expected to repay the loan but a Westpoll survey showed divided public opinion with almost half of people surveyed saying they should not have to repay it or only partly.
Former Labor MP Martin Whitely said it was time the Government removed the debt for a family trying to bring up two children without their mother.
He said the Government had an obligation to the family because Ms Murray became addicted to medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder from age 12. She moved on to heroin, which destroyed her liver.
He was stunned by the "ugly comments" and lack of generosity from WA people after Ms Murray had her second transplant.
The family did not comment.