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Claire Murray. Credit: Channel Nine

The sudden death of the young mother, Claire Murray, 25, has triggered even more controversy over the liver loan given by the West Australian government, which cost $258,000.

Claire Murray had been denied a place on the liver transplant list, after the failure of her first liver transplant due to heroin use.

Her fate seemed hopeless after being told that she had months to live. This changed about 4 weeks ago, when state Health Minister, Kim Hames, controversially decided to offer the family an interest-free, two-year, taxpayer-funded loan to travel to Singapore for a live liver transplant.

The minister was deciding whether the devastated family would still have to repay the money. Dr Hames refuse to provide an answer to the subject, and said he has no regrets about helping the family.

I absolutely am convinced that it was worth a shot, He said it was inappropriate to talk about the loan while the family is still grieving.

The case had sparked weeks of heated debate whether Ms Murray deserved a second liver transplant. And after her death, the controversy still continues.

Dozens of hate messages have flooded the internet, calling the young mother, a waste of space. But there were hundreds messages offering support.

Jeff Milne, the distraught stepfather of Ms Murray said the family was grateful for the support.

We'd like to thank everyone ... we'd like to thank the Premier and the Health Minister for backing us when we needed help, he said.

Ms Murray was aware that the operation might fail.

Before going to Singapore, she said, Just in case I don't come through, I'd like to thank all my family and the Australian government, and even to the people that are negative to this cause, I'd like to say I'm sorry.

George O'Neil, family friend who treated Ms Murray at his clinic in Perth, said that she had fought hard to overcome her addiction.

It was a genuine effort, said Dr O'Neil.