The very first kidney transplant took place in the UK less than sixty years ago - since then - transplants have become one of the most successful forms of modern medicine. But more lives could be saved if there was not such a desperate shortage of organs.
This week ITV is highlighting the issue - in our campaign - From the Heart - and we're hoping more people will sign up to the donor register. Today we look at just how far organ transplant has come - Stacey Poole reports.
If you would like to join the organ donor register you can do so online.
While 90% of people believe donating an organ is the right thing to do - only 30% are signed up to the organ donor register.
During our week-long campaign - 9,055 people signed up to the register in our region - compared to just 818 during the same period in 2012.