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Couple plan to renew wedding vows after recovery

Sheila and John Ford are making plans to renew their wedding vows in November after a year where they have both been recovering from very serious surgery.

John became ill after he retired, before going into kidney failure.

He was put onto the organ donation register, and both his daughter and nephew were tested to see if they would be a match - but neither were.

John's wife Sheila was then tested and proved to be a match. The surgery took place earlier this year and both are now making a full recovery at their home in South Shields.

Sheila and John are planning to renew their vows next year
Sheila and John are planning to renew their vows next month Credit: Ford family

Wife gives husband life-saving gift

Sheila Ford was able to give her husband John an extremely important present earlier this year, when she donated her kidney to him.

John began to suffer from kidney failure shortly after he retired, and at one point was taken off the donor list because he was so unwell.

Both husband and wife are now recovering well after the operation that saved John's life.

Both Sheila and John are on the road to recovery after the life-saving operation
Both Sheila and John are on the road to recovery after the life-saving operation Credit: ITV

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Man gets kidney transplant from wife

A man was given a kidney by his wife.

John Ford had been suffering from kidney failure and was put onto the organ donation register shortly after he retired.

His daughter and nephew were tested to see if they were suitable donors but they proved not to be a match.

But a test on his wife proved positive and an operation was carried out earlier this year and they are both making their recovery at their South Shields home.

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Newcastle University pioneers new lung transplant technique

Medical researchers
Medical researchers at Newcastle University pioneer new lung transplant technique Credit: ITV

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.

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