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From the Heart: A Tonight Special

In a one hour special the Tonight programme investigates the lives of the 10,000 Brits on waiting lists for an organ transplant.

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Half of population say organ donation is family decision

Half of the population believe the family should always have the final say on whether a relative's organs are donated, according to the latest poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News.

  • 49% think the family should always have the final say on whether or not their relative's organs are donated.
  • 38% disagree that the family should always have final say on the matter.
  • 13% aren't sure.
  • 47% think that after the death of a loved one, it should be assumed that organs will be donated, unless the family have an objection.
  • Men are more likely than women to agree that the family should always have the final say: 52% versus 45%

ComRes surveyed 2,055 people in total.

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'I stare at the phone waiting for that call' about a donor

Since ITV launched its From The Heart campaign on Monday more than 20,000 people have signed up to the organ donation register.

Twenty-one-year-old Stacie Pridden needs a heart and lung transplant, she spoke to Daybreak about her condition.

Stacie was born with three holes in her heart, she suffers from blackouts as oxygen is unable to reach her brain.

She said some nights she stays up until three in the morning, waiting for that phone call to say a donor has been found.

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Rally champ signs up as organ donor

Scottish rally champion David Bogie has signed up as an organ donor Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries rally driver David Bogie has signed up as an organ donor following ITV's 'From the Heart' campaign.

The four times Scottish rally champion is backing the campaign, which is raising awareness of the organ donor register.

He said:

" I have always been keen to find out more about signing up as an organ donor, but I felt I never really had enough information.

"I have been watching the adverts for the ITV 'From the Heart' campaign on the television and decided to find out more from the website.

"I watched an interview with a man from Dumfries, who is desperately waiting on a donor, and knew then that I wanted to join.

"After a quick registration online, I'm now happy to say that I'm signed up as an organ donor.

"I would urge everyone to consider signing up, as it really can change somebody's life."

You can find more information on how to join, on the dedicated website here.

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