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Stories of hope

Robert Ford had to undergo two transplants – a year apart – after a condition caused his liver to fail, and left his body unable to fight infection.

Robert, 24 from Stirling, was diagnosed with autoimmune hemolytic anemia when he was in high school, a condition that meant his immune system attacked and destroyed his red blood cells.

He managed on immunosuppressant drugs and steroids, until in 2015 he was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, something he viewed at the time as meaning ‘just another tablet’.

An Airdrie father of five was given a ‘second chance’ at growing his family after a life-saving kidney transplant in June 2005.

Malcolm Armstrong, 44, was diagnosed with Goodpasture’s Syndrome aged 27 in 2003, a condition that led to his kidneys failing and him starting dialysis – treatment that continued for two years.

Already dad to daughter Emily, the medication Malcolm was on during dialysis made him sterile, meaning family plans had to be put on hold.

Jacquelyne Macdonald received a life-saving liver transplant in May 2019 – something she refers to as her ‘greatest gift’, after becoming gravely ill...

Jack Tennick, from East Kilbride, was born with aortic valve stenosis, a congenital heart defect which meant he had to undergo two major heart...

Gordon Steele, 62 from Airdrie, is choosing to look to his future after receiving a life-saving liver transplant in September 2017.

Alex Crichton was born with a congenital heart defect, which required open heart surgery to insert a donor valve when he was two weeks old, and then...

Every day, Roger Marr looks at one-year-old son, Rocco, and thinks of the person who allowed him to lead a healthy life as a dad.

Morgan McComb was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy aged just 18 – a condition that resulted in her eventually being hospitalised whilst she...

Pamela Rae was diagnosed with heart failure in May 2013, aged 39, when she was 24 weeks pregnant.

Jamie McGregor, 47, from Edinburgh received a life-saving kidney transplant in September 2017 after kidney failure resulted in him spending over four...

In the past year, Clare Blake has celebrated two important milestones - her 30th birthday and the five-year anniversary of her life-saving liver...

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

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.

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

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...