Granada Reports been given extraordinary access to film a kidney transplant at Manchester Royal Infirmary, which has the UK's busiest renal transplant programme.
Peter Hartley had waited years for his transplant. Diagnosed with kidney failure, his life had been on hold while he's been on the waiting list, having to go on dialysis five days a week.
Our reporter Mel Barham meets Ron Burrows from Southport, whose wife Philomena died on the transplant waiting list a year ago.
There's a worrying shortage of organ donors in ethnic minority communities. A fifth of the 900 people waiting for kidneys in Manchester are Asian.
Yet less than 2% of people on the donor register are actually from Asian backgrounds.
That's despite religious leaders saying organ donation should be encouraged.
In the latest in our series to mark ITV's From the Heart campaign, Mel Barham's been hearing from one man having to wait.
The second video in our series on organ donation as part of ITV's From the Heart campaign.
We're looking at why there is such a shortage of people on the organ donor register.
Last year we followed the story of Natalie Kerr. She underwent a double lung transplant at Wythenshawe Hospital.
One year on, she has gone back to talk to those who saved her life, and to urge others to sign up.