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This week ITV's 'From the Heart' campaign is looking at the issue of organ donation.
Nearly 400 people throughout the region are waiting for organ transplants.
Patients waiting for kidney transplants in Dumfries have to travel for dialysis at least three times a week, for up to six hours at a time.
Less than a third of people in the North East have signed up to the organ donor register, which lets doctors know they want to donate their organs if they die in circumstances where that is possible.
This week, as part of ITV's From the Heart, we are looking at the issue.
If you want to join the organ donor register, you can find further information here.
Latest ITV News reports
Every year 355 people get a transplant. But every day in the UK, 3 people die waiting for one.
Patients at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary put up with gruelling dialysis, waiting for a transplant that could change their lives.