Win Sabapathy's kidney transplant took place in 1993, and since then the West Midlands has continued to be at the forefront of transplantation.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is the UK's largest organ transplant centre, carrying out hundreds of transplants each year.
Unfortunately, the demand for transplanted kidneys remains high. The average length of time a patient is on the waiting list for a donor kidney is between two and a half to three years.
Birmingham has been a pioneer in living kidney donation, where the donor (often a close relative) gives one of their kidneys to the receipient. One in three kidney transplants are now from living donors.
The Win Sabapathy Foundation for Kidney Research funds research and educational material to support the doctors and nurses in improving the quality of transplantation and increasing the number of kidney donors.