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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.


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.

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.

FROM THE HEART: Kirstie's story

The shortage of organ donors is an issue very close to the heart of Kirstie Tancock from Devon. She had a double lung transplant 18 months ago. She often works to recruit people to the register and is fully behind ITV's From the Heart campaign.

Our Health Correspondent Jacquie Bird has been following Kirstie's story for the final feature in our From the Heart series

FROM THE HEART: Steve's story

In the latest of our features about organ donation and transplants as part of ITV's From the Heart campaign, we focus on the need for more organ donors.

Steve Gazzard's daughter died while she was on the transplant waiting list. Just three months on he's been signing people up for the register in his home town of Exmouth.

Our Health Correspondent Jacquie Bird reports


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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.