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Gordon Hutchison, from East Kilbride, grew up knowing the day would come when he’d need a heart transplant to save his life.

Born with a congenital heart defect, Gordon, now 26, needed surgery at just 11 months old to insert a pig skin valve to keep his heart pumping.

His heart then failed when he was 13 and after being assessed, the teenager was placed on the transplant waiting list.  Luckily, the wait was short and the call came six weeks later to say that a suitable donor heart was available.

Richard Thain’s world fell apart in 2014 when his beloved mother, Sandra Wiseman, passed away aged just 58.

Through his grief, Richard and his family have taken great comfort in the decision they made to honour Sandra’s wishes to be an organ donor – a decision which meant that the lives of four people were saved.

Sandra, who suffered from severe depression, attempted to take her own life and following two days on life support, the family made the difficult decision to switch off her ventilator.

Evan Goodbrand is living proof of the difference organ donation can make.  Ten years on from his liver transplant,  the eleven year old is living a...

Tricia Sibbald, a 36-year old mother of three from East Kilbride, has spent the last four years waiting on a call that could transform her life.

When Elaine Lovie, 50 from Irvine, jetted off to Portugal for a holiday with her partner, Raymond, she had no idea her life was about to take such a...

Rachel was only 11 when she died after suffering from a brain haemorrhage. Here, her mum Sandra, talks about the decision Rachel made at a young age...

Lisa Hertwig has a long list of things she’d still like to do. Travel Route 66, get a motorbike licence, and settle down with a partner and kids....

Mum-of-one, Jill Polanski, whose husband Matt’s life was cut tragically short after a motorbike accident in August this year, has given her backing...

Gordon Hutchinson grew up knowing the day would come when he’d need a heart transplant to save his life.

“I am so grateful that someone made the decision to join the NHS Organ Donor Register as that decision has saved my life." For 67-year-old Betty...

“It was really emotional knowing that I was getting this second chance at life. You wait for so long for that call and finally it had come, it was...

"Without a doubt, I wouldn’t have the life or family I have without organ donation and the NHS Organ Donor Register" Naomi Stocks, 30 from Edinburgh...

“It’s really helped us to know that Grant has helped other people live.”

“I felt great. I could breathe again … that was the best feeling ever.” For three years, dad-of-two Malcolm McVeigh thought a persistent tickly cough...

‘I know I’ll get back to fitness again and I have my donor to thank for that.” Bank worker Samantha Bell was just 22 when she was diagnosed with...

Remembering Ronnie McIntosh Inspirational double amputee and transplant recipient, Ronnie McIntosh passed away on Thursday 3 January 2013, aged 62....

“As our hearts died, Daryl's gave life.”   When doctors broke the news to Lily Turley that her beloved son Daryl wouldn’t pull through, she knew she...

“A transplant will let me live a normal life.  I’m just desperate to get it now that dialysis has started to dictate my life.”