A teenage blood cancer patient from Winchester who launched a social media campaign to find a bone marrow donor to help save her life has had her transplant operation.
Zara Al Shaikh is half-Arabic and half-English and her mixed ethnicity means she has a very rare tissue type. She urgently needed a blood stem cell donor to treat her leukaemia. Following months of campaigning to raise awareness, a donor match was found in April.
Zara had her operation yesterday and a message on the 'Saving Zara's Life - Match4Zara' Facebook page said that she was sitting up and smiling after a successful transplant operation. Her family also took the chance to thank everyone who spread the message about her search.
Zara's supporters had been working with charities such as Delete Blood Cancer UK to raise awareness. Her family are asking for people to continue signing donor registers so other families can benefit from the support which they have received.
Athletes from the Meridian region are facing a gruelling four days as they take part in the 38th British Transplant Games. The annual event aims to raise awareness of organ donation. Matt Price reports.
The number of people donating organs has fallen for the first time in eleven years. Fewer transplants are now taking place. Tom Savvides speaks to Nicky Clifford from Maidstone who says a kidney transplant transformed her life. This report also includes interviews with Sally Johnson from NHS Blood and Transplant and Hannah Cochrane from Portsmouth who's on the waiting list for a heart transplant.
The first British woman to become a mother after having a heart and lung transplant is trying to raise awareness and money. Nicola Langlands from Eastbourne says there's not enough support for patients or their families.
Today, she was campaigning at the British Transplant Games in Gillingham, from where Iain McBride sent this report.
Iain spoke to Nicola and Megan Langlands.
Canterbury Christchurch University has been named as one of the sponsors of this year's British Transplant games. People who have had organ transplants will compete in various sports at the Games which take place at Medway park in Gillingham in August.