Chloe Beaney, the 14-year-old girl who was given a new heart just over a fortnight ago, has given her first broadcast interview since she underwent the surgery.
Chloe, from Northumberland, was at the top of the transplant list before a donor heart was made available and she had the operation at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital at the end of November.
Speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees, as she continues her recovery in hospital, Chloe expressed her gratitude to the donor whose decision to sign up to the donor register has saved the 14 year old's life.
Watch Ruth Holliday's full report here:
Dr Richard Kirk, from Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, says Chloe needs a heart as soon as possible - and has urged people to sign up to the organ donor register.
Teenager Chloe Beaney is awaiting a transplant. Her heart was weakened, say doctors, by leukaemia treatment as a child. After everything she's been through, Chloe's mum, Catriona, says she's still a fighter:
Fourteen year old Chloe Beaney is in desperate need of a heart transplant - but a suitable organ hasn't yet been found. Currently in intensive care at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, her mother say's the wait is agonising:
There's a desperate need for more people from ethnic minorities to sign the donor register.Read the full story ›
There is a desperate need for more people from ethnic minorities to sign the donor register.
Organ transplants are more likely to be successful if they are a close match.
But fewer than one per cent of people on the donor register are black and there are similar shortages in the Asian community.
It means more than one in four people die waiting for an organ. Asif Hasan, a surgeon at the Freeman Hospital, spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees:
Newcastle and Gateshead will host the 2015 British Transplant Games.
The competition will see hundreds of competitors who have had life-saving organ transplant surgery visit the region to take part in a wide range of sports.
As part of transplant week, we've filmed inside the Freeman hospital in Newcastle to see some of the patients waiting for an organ.Read the full story ›
Asif Hasan performed a heart transplant, on one-year-old Taliah Albano, last week. The surgeon, at Newcastle's Freeman hospital, says more donors are needed on the register to save lives.
Surgeon Asif Hasan is one of the doctors at Newcastle's Freeman hospital calling for the law, which prevents young babies from being organ donors, to be changed. At the moment parents aren't allowed to chose to give permission for babies under two months old to be organ donors if they died.