Doctors specialising in transplant surgery say they hope a change in the law in organ donation will lead to more lives being saved.
From today organ donation is now automatic rather than an active decision to join the NHS donor register- unless people opt out.
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Richard Priest has been waiting for a transplant operation at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge longer than any other in-patient.
He was diagnosed with a congenital heart disorder in 2004. After his condition worsened - he was admitted to Papworth on New Year's Eve.
"The team here have been fantastic, they instil such confidence in you.
On ITV News Anglia in February we featured Liam Hanrahan marrying his partner Sarah at Royal Papworth, while he was a patient in the hospital's critical care unit.
He's since had a successful heart transplant operation.
"No-one wants to think about dying so no-one ever thinks I’ll sign myself up for organ donation then obviously when it comes and they did pass away they may not realise it was something they wanted to do.
At the moment people who die with Covid 19 can't be considered for organ donation.
But by 2023 it's thought nationally it will lead to around 700 more transplants each year.