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Heart Transplant: A Chance to Live
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Every morning 200 British people wake up and wonder if today will be the day they finally get the heart transplant that could save their lives...

Every morning 200 British people wake up and wonder if today will be the day they finally get the heart transplant that could save their lives.

Yet with demand far outstripping the amount of usable organs available, some won’t survive the wait.

This powerful documentary goes behind the scenes at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital to follow a process that can take years and relies on bereaved families donating a loved one’s organs.

With plenty of footage from real heart transplant surgeries, this is not for viewers of a nervous disposition.

The film meets patients, surgeons and people experimenting with pioneering technology that could change the entire field of organ transplantation.

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.


Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years on TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. 


David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.


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