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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.

Swindon woman gets her heart's desire - a transplant

Stacie Pridden making her Valentine's day appeal for a donor Credit: Stacie Pridden

A young woman from Swindon who has been waiting for vital organ transplants since she was 21 has finally had the life-saving operation.

On Valentine's Day, 24-year-old Stacie Pridden made a plea for a donor.

She is now recovering from a double lung and heart transplant in a Cambridge hospital.

You can find out more about Stacie's story and her "Give your heart" campaign here.

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
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