Thursday 19 Dec 2013
Last year more than 3,000 lives were saved or improved by organ transplant operations. These and countless others were made possible by blood donation. But, sadly, more than 500 people died while waiting for a life-saving transplant operation and more than 7,000 people are still on the waiting list.
In a new live BBC One Daytime series, Lifegivers, presented by Nadia Sawalha and Dr Jonty Heaversedge, takes a look at the life-saving world of organ and blood donation.
Featuring a mix of live studio guests and powerful personal stories from across the UK, the programme explains the facts, dispels the myths and raises awareness of the issues surrounding organ and blood donation.
Today's opening episode features the moving story of Jennifer Foster, who became Scotland's first living liver donor when she donated two thirds of her liver to save her dying husband Daniel.
As the week continues, Lifegivers features the first woman in the UK to have four separate transplants – a new heart, lung, liver and kidney – and a young man who had 90 operations and four kidney transplants before his sixth birthday.
Alongside filmed interviews, Nadia and Jonty are joined live in the studio each morning by guests including people who have recently undergone operations; the families of donors meeting the people who have benefited from their loved one's life-saving gift; and celebrity guests, including actor David Harewood, comedian Eddie Large, sports presenter Gaby Logan and former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson, who talk about their own experiences and work in the field of organ and blood donation.
Each day there will be an update on blood stocks and donor sessions happening across the country, while viewers can get further information from bbc.co.uk/lifegivers or by phoning the BBC Action Line.
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