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'I'm tied to a dialysis machine'
The BBC is running a series of programmes to raise awareness of the issues around organ donation and transplant.

A week-long series of programmes, 'Life on the List', will begin on Monday 22 August, telling the stories of people needing organ transplants.

EMMA ADAMS

Emma was the mother of a young baby, and was feeling fine, when her partner Darren Corkin noticed her skin was very yellow.

He called a friend who worked as a nurse, and was told to take her straight to hospital.

Emma Adams during her stay in hospital
Emma was told she needed a transplant to stay alive

"He said we shouldn't go to the GP, we should go straight to casualty.

"Emma wanted to wait, but I took her in. She didn't come home for three months."

It was found that Emma, 24, had contracted a rare liver infection, non-A non-B hepatitis. This can be contracted via a blood transfusion, but in Emma's case this did not happen, and she does not know why she developed it.

Darren, 32, said: "At first, we were told she might need a transplant. But then we were told it was definite, and she went on to the super-urgent list.

"That night, an organ became available and she had a liver transplant.

"We were told afterwards that she had been hours from death."

Darren and Emma, of South Shields, say there have been ups and downs since then.

But the couple, who live with their six-year old son Daniel and 10-month old Nikita, say they are now planning for the future.

Darren said: "It means we can plan for our wedding next year.

"I don't know what she would have done if she hadn't had the transplant."

ANDREW SAMUEL

For almost 10 years, Andrew has had to spend at least 17 hours a week on a kidney dialysis machine.

Two previous organ transplants have failed after infections, and the 45-year-old is waiting for another donor organ to give him more time to spend with his wife and daughter.

"For three days a week, I will be tied to a machine for between five and 10 hours at a time."

I just want to spend some quality time with my daughter
Andrew Samuel

Andrew, who lives in Croydon, south London, said: "I just want to spend some quality time with my daughter, and be able to help my wife around the home, and socialise as a family more."

The drugs he has to take are affecting his bones, and making him prone to infections.

He says he tries to do as much as possible, including playing golf and cricket, but admits he recently had to take time off his work running a day centre for people with learning disabilities for the first time in 10 years.

Andrew, who is West Indian, says he hopes hearing his story will encourage people from ethic minorities to think about organ donation.

"If I got just a few people to donate, it would be worth it."

Life on the List is on BBC1 at 19.00BST from Monday 22 to Friday 26 August.


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