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.
A Northumberland woman has donated one of her kidneys to someone she'll never meet.Read the full story ›
One of the first people to donate a kidney while still alive is urging others to register as a donor.
Kate Clarkson, who lives near Hexham, spoke at the start of National Transplant Week.
Only one in five in in the North East has signed a register to donate organs after they die.
Researchers at Newcastle University are conducting a pioneering study to make donated lungs more usable.Read the full story ›
Doctors in Newcastle are leading the way in transplant technology. The scientists at Newcastle University have developed a technique of washing lungs to make more donor organs useable. After successful trials at the Freeman Hospital the method is now being trialled around the country.
Philippa Bradbury and her mum Carol describe how they were planning for Philippa's funeral until she was able to have a lung transplant.
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.