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Transplant patient talks less than 24 hours after receiving kidney

ITV's From The Heart campaign is trying to encourage more people to sign up to the organ donor register and ultimately, help save lives.

ITV News London has today had exclusive access to the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel, where around 80 transplants are carried out each year, and a very special one happened just last night.

Ria Chatterjee has spent the day at that hospital.

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How to join the 'From the Heart' campaign and become an organ donor

ITV's 'From the Heart' campaign encourages the public to sign up to the organ donor register to help patients currently waiting for a donation. You can find out how to join the register by clicking here:

ITV's 'From the Heart Campaign'
ITV's 'From the Heart Campaign'

Why join the register? There are more people who have signed up than you might think.

In London and its surrounding regions, there are 4.3million people on the list but, they are always in need of more to increase the chances of helping the 2,000 patients waiting for a transplant.

There are 2,000 people currently waiting for an organ.
There are 2,000 people currently waiting for an organ.

Whilst great work is being done and live are being saved, there are still people dying. Last year from April to January, 864 patients got the organ they needed. Sadly it was not enough for some and over 60 people died whilst waiting.

Over 60 people died whilst waiting for an organ.
Over 60 people died whilst waiting for an organ.

From the heart: call for organ donation

There is a desperate shortage of organ donors in the UK which is is why ITV has launched the From the Heart campaign to help save more lives.

ITV's From the Heart campaign is taking place in Valentine's Week to raise awareness of organ donation and the NHS Organ Donor Register.

We're highlighting the shortage of donated organs in the UK, and encouraging viewers to join the register, and to talk to their loved ones about their wishes.

Daybreak, This Morning, and Tonight will support the campaign, exploring the shortage of donated organs, and how lives can be transformed

.At 9pm on Feb 13th, ITV brings together a host of stars for a one-hour special featuring musical and comedy treats from the likes of Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie, Pixie Lott, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse - don't miss it!

To join the organ donation register visit www.itv.com/fromtheheart

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