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'More organ donors needed' in the south west

A mother from Devon is asking more people to be aware of organ donation and how many lives it can save.

Jackie King's daughter Emily lost her life at the age of eleven - but her death and the decision to donate her organs gave a future to several people.

New artwork was unveiled at Derriford Hospital, thanking bereaved families for agreeing to donate the organs of their loved ones.

In England three people a day die who are on the organ transplant waiting list.

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People come together in memory of Katie Gammon

Katie Gammon died last week after a long battle against cystic fibrosis Credit: Austin Wallas

A gathering is taking place this evening to pay tribute to Barnstaple teenager Katie Gammon. She died on Sunday 23 August, having just turned 17.

People are being asked to meet at the Civic Centre car park in North Walk, Barnstaple at 7pm. A minute's silence will be held at 7.30pm and later balloons will be released in Katie's memory.

You can find out more here.

Katie underwent a double lung transplant in 2013, which meant that she could do much more than before. She campaigned for people to join the transplant register and even took part in the Tarka Walk to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Transplant patients Kirstie Tancock and Katie Gammon taking part in a fundraising walk Credit: ITV News

Katie's funeral will be held at Barnstaple Parish Church at noon on 7 September. One of her last wishes was that everyone should wear purple.

Swindon woman gets her heart's desire - a transplant

Stacie Pridden making her Valentine's day appeal for a donor Credit: Stacie Pridden

A young woman from Swindon who has been waiting for vital organ transplants since she was 21 has finally had the life-saving operation.

On Valentine's Day, 24-year-old Stacie Pridden made a plea for a donor.

She is now recovering from a double lung and heart transplant in a Cambridge hospital.

You can find out more about Stacie's story and her "Give your heart" campaign here.

Watch: Maxine Cowlin's story

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.

People in Cornwall urged to consider organ donation

People in Cornwall urged to consider organ donation Credit: Soeren Stache/DPA/Press Association Images

A campaign is underway urging people in Cornwall to decide whether they want to be an organ donor rather than leave the decision to a family member. It's all part National Transplant week.

There are currently 72 people in the county waiting for a transplant. 30 people in Cornwall have died due to a shortage of organs in the last five years.

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.

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