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From the Heart: Waiting for a donor

From The Heart will raise awareness and encourage both colleagues and viewers to register for donation with the NHS. Photo: ITV

In the Calendar region around 1,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant. Every year 355 people get a transplant. But every day in the UK, 3 people die waiting for one.

31 year old Andrew Tiplady from York died while waiting for a lung transplant. Credit: Family photo

Andrew Tiplady is one young man who died. Andrew, who was 31 and lived in York, was born with cystic fibrosis. He was desperately in need of a lung transplant and was on the waiting list. But he died, waiting for the call that never came. His father Mike speaks movingly of his son's fight for life, describing him as a hero. He believes Andrew would still be alive today if more people signed up to the register.

Dawn Carter is living proof of the difference donating organs can make. She suffered from Crohn's disease - a long-term condition affecting the digestive system. Dawn's condition deterioriated to such an extent, that she was given 6 months to live. But now her life has been transformed. She is one of only 3 people in this country to have had a multi-organ transplant. She received a new liver, kidney, pancreas, stomach, small intestine and colon. The operation lasted for 17 hours. Dawn says she will never be able to thank enough the family of the donor, who she knows to be a girl in her early 20's. She says without the transplant, she would not be here today.

To find out more about organ donation, and ITV's From The Heart campaign, see the From The Heart website

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