Miracle double-lung transplant mum Natalie Kerr from Adlington is telling pupils about the importance of organ donation.
The Chorley woman’s plea to youngsters came on the same day it was revealed that the number of people donating organs had risen by 50 per cent in the past five years.
Miss Kerr, of Highfield Road North, Adlington, who was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension while in labour with daughter Isabelle, has been telling schoolchildren how a double lung transplant saved her life.
Just hours before her life-saving transplant 14 months ago, Miss Kerr was comforted by her old college friend Helen Norman, who attended college with Miss Kerr when they were teenagers and is her son’s godmother.
Miss Norman, a teacher at St Savior Primary School arranged for Miss Kerr to take part in a special assembly at the school in Kearsley, Bolton, where she explained how her transplant meant her children 10-year-old Brandon and five-year-old Isabelle would grow up with a mother.
Miss Kerr said: “It is good to get the message to children so they can go home and talk about it with their family. I have spoken to Brandon about it and he is willing to give his organs because he has seen how it has helped me.
“Isabelle will say now and again, ‘Mummy I love your new lungs’ and it is because of everything I can do now.”
Pulmonary hypertension causes high pressure in the arteries of her lungs, and eventually leads to heart failure.
Miss Kerr was warned she would only live for three more years, before she had the operation.
To find out how to become an organ donor or a blood donor, call 0300 123 23 23.
Alternatively you can visit the site blood.co.uk or uktransplant.org.uk.