The lives preserved by organ donations

The upturn in organ donors proved to be a lifesaver for singing heart patient Vincenzo Avanzato.

He spent 13 weeks on an urgent list awaiting an organ - knowing every day in hospital could be his last - before receiving the greatest Christmas gift of all.

Vincenzo Avanzato sang Italian arias daily, even while being wheeled to the operating theatre for his transplant.

Read Vincenzo Avanzato's remarkable story

Craig Boden was told he would not survive without a new liver.

But a new organ preserved his life with his partner and two young daughters.

Craig Boden made a passionate video appeal after being given a year to live.

Watch Craig Boden's life-affirming story

Read: ITV's From the Heart campaign encourages organ donation

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Organ donations rise by 50%

The number of people donating organs after death has risen by 50 per cent in the last five years, beating the target set by the NHS in 2008. Over the last year more than 1,200 people donated organs, helping to save 3,100 lives.