A woman is trying to trace any relatives of a woman whose death 25 years ago in a Birmingham car crash saved her life.
On September 19, 1980, the anonymous victim's family took the agonising decision to allow her organs to be used for transplants. The following day Sue Weaver received a new kidney which has given her the life she never thought she could have.
Donor organs usually only have a lifespan of about five years - but Mrs Weaver's has been going strong for 25 years.
Sue Weaver (pictured front) with (right to left): husband Paul and daughters Joanna and Emily
The 47-year-old, who lives in Blackpole, Worcester, with her husband Paul and their daughters Joanna and Emily, never expected her life would be so "normal".
From a young age Mrs Weaver's constant fevers and sickness had baffled doctors, who initially believed she was suffering from leukaemia or a blood disorder.
In 1979, a consultant at Worcester Royal Infirmary recognised the 20-year-old had a renal condition and a scan revealed her kidneys were not working properly.
What followed was a rigorous regime of five-hour dialysis sessions three times a week. This meant Mrs Weaver had to toast her 21st birthday with fruit squash rather than Champagne as she waited for a kidney transplant.
Over a year later, on the night of September 19, 1980, she was called in to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to have a transplant the next day.
Although this life-saving operation has enabled Mrs Weaver to live an " extraordinary but normal life", she is desperate to trace and thank the donor's family. She said: "I would love to find out who donated my organ so I can thank their family and tell them what their wonderful gift has helped me to achieve.
"Before I got a new kidney I was told I would live to beyond 30, which didn't give me much hope, and I was also told I wouldn't be able to have children, so I didn't see the point of getting married either.
"But this transplant truly changed my life and I was lucky enough to meet a man who loves me and to have a family of my own."
No longer restricted by her dialysis regime, the then 22-year-old was able to start work, go on holiday and look to the future.
Just before Christmas 1985 she met Paul - her brother's friend. The couple married at St John's Church, in Worcester, in May 1987.
"I couldn't be happier, I was working full-time, had met a fantastic man and was married," said Mrs Weaver. "We went on honeymoon and six weeks later I was pregnant.
"We never used contraception because I thought the dialysis had left me sterile."
Joanna was born at Worcester Royal Infirmary in March 1988, then her sister Emily followed in 1991.
Three years ago Mrs Weaver realised another ambition when she opened a model and crafts shop in Worcester.
She added: "I still go for regular check-ups at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital; every time the consultant sees my results he say's they're great. If I could find the family I would love to say thank you because I couldn't have lived my life without their donor kidney and my wonderful children wouldn't be here either."
If you have any information about the whereabouts of this woman's family, contact Emma Brady on 0121 234 5386 or email email@example.com