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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 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.


Kirstie lives life to the full after second lung transplant

Over the past months and years, we've covered the story of Kirstie Tancock, the cystic fibrosis sufferer who has battled with her illness, and inspired others with her bravery.

Recently she suffered a huge setback and was told by doctors that she had just two weeks to live. But she refused to give in, and after a second double lung transplant is again living life to the full. Jacquie Bird has been to meet her.

Kirstie recovering after second double transplant

Kirstie's first transplant was two years ago Credit: Kirstie Tancock

Kirstie Tancock has sent us these pictures of her in hospital just three days after having her second double lung transplant at the weekend after going into chronic rejection.

Kirstie became the poster girl for organ donation after having a double lung transplant two years ago.

Amazingly after being just weeks from death she is already breathing on her own with her new lungs and out of intensive care.

Kirstie is already breathing on her own Credit: Kirstie Tancock


Emergency lung transplant could save Kirstie's life

Kirstie Tancock is undergoing a second lung transplant today. Credit: ITV News West Country

A transplant patient from Honiton is undergoing a second lung transplant.

Kirstie Tancock, who we featured earlier this year getting people to sign up to the donor register, has cystic fibrosis.

She had surgery in 2011 but her body has rejected the new organs.

She's been told she only has two weeks to live but today's operation could save her life.

Kirstie Tancock to cycle 180 miles for charity

This cycle ride is raising money for Harefield Hospital and charity Live Life then Give Life Credit: ITV Westcountry

An 22-year-old woman who has Cystic Fibrosis is about to take on a 180 mile charity bike ride. Kirstie Tancok from Devon had a double lung transplant a year ago which saved her life. Today, she is cycling from Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to Harefield Hospital in London.

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