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A young woman from Somerset is about to spend her first healthy Christmas in years after receiving a liver transplant.

Maxine Cowlin from Bridgwater was just 17 when she was diagnosed with a rare type of liver disease. A transplant transformed her life, and now she's keen to encourage more people to be organ donors.

Watch her touching story below:

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NHS Christmas appeal for more organ donors

Maxine Cowlin wants to thank her donor's family

The NHS are appealing for more people to join the organ donation register this Christmas.

There are 570 people in the South West waiting for an organ donation. Maxine Cowlin from Bridgwater is backing the campaign because she knows what that fees like.

Maxine was diagnosed with a rare liver disease when she was just 17, and had a transplant in October. She says her Christmas wish is that the family of her donor knew how thankful she was.

Swindon doctors say donated organs are being lost because family refuse permission

Great Western Hospital, Swindon Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It's National Transplant Week and doctors at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon are asking people on the organ donor register to make sure they tell their loved ones.

They say a large number of organs are lost because families refuse permission as they aren't aware of the decision. There are around 60 people waiting for transplants in the Swindon area.

Organ recipient meets donor family

A remarkable meeting has taken place between a Bristol student, who underwent a life-saving heart transplant a year ago, and the father of his donor.

Will Pope would have died without the operation.

It was only possible because the family of 20 year old Tom Ince, also from Bristol, allowed his organs to be used after he died in a car crash.

It's believed to be the first time such a meeting has been filmed.

Will Pope meets the father of his heart transplant donor

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FROM THE HEART: transplants transform young lives

ITV is running its From the Heart Campaign all this week, to raise awareness of organ donation. This report features two young people: Will Pope, who's recovering from a heart transplant, and Stacie Pridden, who's still waiting for her call to come.

If you would like more information on organ donation and the campaign, or to see more uplifting stories, visit its main webpage.