National Transplant Week

It's National Transplant Week - a time when the Transplant Service wants us all to discuss with our families what our feelings are about donating organs when we die.

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FULL REPORT : Torbay man recovering after kidney transplant

You may remember on Friday's programme we told you about Gavin Buckley from Torbay who after years of battling chronic kidney disease was donated a new kidney by his sister.

At the time, ITV News West Country was invited into the operating theatre in Plymouth to see the transplant take place. Well today, our reporter Claire Manning, went back to Derriford Hospital to meet up with Gavin to see how he's recovering:

The gift of a kidney: "1,000 thank yous couldn't justify it"

It's National Transplant Week - a time when the Transplant Service wants us all to discuss with our families what our feelings are about donating our organs when we die. It's a difficult conversation, so one that many of us avoid.

Our reporter Claire Manning went to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, to see for herself a kidney transplant operation taking place - a procedure that involved one sister giving her brother the most incredible gift.

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Kidney transplant donors at Derriford

It's National Transplant Week - a time when the Transplant Service wants us all to discuss with our families what our feelings are about donating organs when we die. The campaign also hopes to get more people to sign up to the donor register.

Living Donor Transplant Co-ordinator Sara Stacey at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth says they have one of the highest rates in the country for the number of its altruistic donors - that is healthy people who donate one of their kidneys to complete strangers.

Appeal for more people to sign up as organ donors

A transplant operation at Derriford Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

It's National Transplant Week, a time when it's hoped more people will sign up to the donor register. Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has one of the highest rates in the country for the number of its altruistic donors - healthy people who donate one of their kidneys to strangers.

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