Figures show there are almost 100 people on the waiting list for vital organ surgery across Nottinghamshire.
The statistics from Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust show that 76 out of those are waiting for kidney transplants.
This is the most needed type of transplant and health chiefs are urging donors to sign up - or could even be a live donor.
One Teversal grandfather who is in desperate need of the transplant is Tony Embling.
Mr Embling (54) of Cromton Street, said his life has changed dramatically.
He had been travelling the world for the past 14 years and working in tourism, but had to come home due to ill health - and is on the waiting list for a kidney and panceas transplant.
With seven grandchildren he is finding it difficult to see them.
Mr Embling said: “I don’t get to go out and see my grandchildren as much as I would like now because I am on dialysis for nine hours a day.
Dialysis is a form of treatment that replicates many of the kidney’s functions.
It filters your blood to rid your body of harmful waste, extra salt, and water. This can be done for up to ten years.
He added: “I am desperate to get the transplant so I can start living my life again. I just feel at the minute I’m stuck.”
Mr Embling urged donors to come forward to help give him and others a better life.
He said: “Without donors there’s no transplant. And it means I would have to be on dialysis for the rest of my life which would be very difficult.”
It’s estimated he will get the transplant in the next six to 12 months.
He added: “I think it should be automatic for people to be put on the donor register. And if a person wants to opt out then they should have to make the effort to do it.”