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.
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