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Organ donation: The facts

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


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 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 Credit: ITV
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