Joe Matthews

English Joe: Life is for Living

Joe Matthews

Talk: English Joe: Life is for Living

Figures show that approximately 5,500 people in the UK are waiting for organ donors that could save or dramatically improve their lives, but only 3,000 organ transplants are carried out each year. There is a desperate need for more donors. Joe discusses his story as an 18-year-old student and athlete who underwent a heart transplant.

Joe Matthews

Joe was a model for health with his athleticism through rugby and surfing. He was diagnosed with idiopathic cardiomyopathy-heart failure from an unknown cause and concluded that he needed a new heart. He received a transplanted heart and is now a model of transplant patient fitness and winner of many medals in track and field at the World Transplant Games.