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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.

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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Transplant patient urges people to donate organs

A woman from Honiton is celebrating a year since she had a double lung transplant.

Twelve months ago Kirstie Tancock was on a life support machine.

Kirstie is calling on people to sign the organ donation register, as part of National Transplant Week.

A woman who had a double lung transplant is urging people to sign the organ donation register Credit: ITV Westcountry

Devon transplant patient urges donors to come forward

Kirstie Tancock got married weeks before her transplant Credit: ITV West Country

It's National Transplant Week and a woman from Devon whose life was saved by a double lung transplant is campaigning for more donors to come forward.

Kirstie Tancock from Honiton had the surgery a year ago. She now works to get more people to sign up to the donor register.