Doctors in Newcastle are leading the way in transplant technology. The scientists at Newcastle University have developed a technique of washing lungs to make more donor organs useable. After successful trials at the Freeman Hospital the method is now being trialled around the country.
Philippa Bradbury and her mum Carol describe how they were planning for Philippa's funeral until she was able to have a lung transplant.
Researchers at Newcastle University are conducting a pioneering study to make donated lungs more usable.
Currently only one in five pairs of lungs are suitable for transplant. But trials are being carried out to clean and aerate the organs after they've been removed.
It is hoped the research will save the lives of many patients on the lung transplant list.