Families who donated their children's organs talk about their brave decisionRead the full story ›
Christine Webb talks about her family's decision to donate her daughter's organs after she died. Their decision saved the lives of five people.
Every year thousands of transplants are carried out, but a quarter of patients die because of a lack of donor organs.Read the full story ›
On Transplant Week 2014, health care organisations are encouraging people to consider organ donation. They say by donating your organs, after you die, you help save and transform the lives of desperately ill people.
Fewer than 5000 people die every year in the UK in circumstances where they can become a donor and in the UK, three people die every day from a lack of donor organs.
In the North East:
- One quarter of patients needing a transplant eventually die because of a lack of donor organs
- More than 30 people have died due to the shortage of organs in the last year
- There are currently more than 300 people in the North East waiting for a transplant
- There is a need for more people from Black and Asian communities to join. On average only a third of people from these communities give permission
- You can join the register and tell your family your wishes
- You can also become a donor when registering for a driving licence or at a GP surgery
Lynne Holt is transplant coordinator at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, she says everyone needs to have a conversation about whether they want to be a donor.
People across the region are raising awareness of National Transplant week. On average three people die every day because of a shortage of organs being donated. The Institute of Transplantation at Newcastle's Freeman hospital is one of the top five centres in the world.
When John Ford needed a new kidney doctors searched the country for donors. Little did they know the answer to his prayers lived with him.Read the full story ›
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 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.
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.