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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.



Newcastle University pioneers new lung transplant technique

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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