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Stories of hope

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.

The 47-year-old had a lifesaving heart transplant in February 2018, after a viral infection eventually caused his heart to fail.

Roger, 47 from Prestonpans, went to A&E at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in November 2017, worried about pains in his stomach, arms and legs and breathlessness that wouldn’t go away.

He said:

Morgan McComb was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy aged just 18 – a condition that resulted in her eventually being hospitalised whilst she waited for a much-needed heart transplant.

The teenager’s hopes of a new life were dashed numerous times, as donor hearts that were found were not suitable. 

But all that changed in November 2018, when Morgan’s transplant went ahead, giving her a future.

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.

“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...

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.”