We share the stories of organ transplant recipients, donors, and those currently on the donor waiting list.
Recipient, Rich Smith
Rich, from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, ended up in a coma when his liver failed for unknown reasons. He was close to death but thankfully with around 24 hours left to live, the hospital got the call needed to save his life.
The 45-year-old has now been well for 20 years - he has two children, a successful career as a chartered surveyor and competes as a transplant cyclist.
Waiting, Sophie Washington
Sophie, aged 17, has been struggling with complications caused by diabetes for years. She has been waiting for a pancreas transplant since March 2012.
Sophie, who is from Welwyn, Hertfordshire, and raises money for a children’s charity, spends much of her life in hospital and will die without a transplant. The teenager is looking forward to normal family life and continuing to be an ambassador with Rays of Sunshine when she is better.
Recipient, Rhys Bonnell
Eleven-year-old Rhys nearly died when he suffered a heart attack while living with cardiomyopathy. He survived to have a heart transplant within 24 hours of going on the waiting list.
Rhys, from Borough Green, Kent, has now found love with fellow recipient, Eloise, and is looking forward to representing Great Britain in swimming at the World Transplant Games.
Donor, Jane Dalton-Brown
Jane, from Purley, London, helped five people when her organs were donated. The 29 year old died when she was hit by a truck.
Her brother, Lloyd Dalton-Brown, agreed to donation and knew from her friends that it’s what she would have wanted. He is comforted by the fact she has saved lives and now campaigns to raise awareness of organ donation.
Recipient, Sheeba Young
Sheeba, from Corby, went into kidney failure due to a genetic condition which claimed her sister's life, leaving her young children without a mother.
She faced several operations before having a combined kidney and liver transplant.
The 35 year old is now making the most of her second chance at life - she is married, holds down two jobs as a community engagement officer and youth worker and finds time for various sports with the hope of going to the Transplant Games, volunteers at her church and is learning sign language.