A battling mum who underwent a double-lung transplant has beaten the odds to make a remarkable recovery - just a month after leaving hospital.
Natalie Kerr, from Adlington near Chorley, faced not seeing her children grow up after being diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension four years ago.
Now, fours weeks after the transplant which saved her life, she is able to live without administered oxygen and she is being able to do things she always wanted to, including planning a holiday.
The 30-year-old said: “I am doing really well and getting better every week.
“I can feel that I am getting stronger with a lot more energy.
“Words cannot describe how I feel, it is just like you are an excited kid about things.
“I am totally different to before because I don’t feel ill every time I eat.
“I always used to put a smile on my face and get on with things for the kids but now I am not in any pain and I want to do even more.
“It is good being able to go to buy some sweets for my kids or even being able to walk them to school everyday.”
Natalie has lots of plans for the future with son Brandon, nine, and Isabelle, four.
She said: “I just want to get through the first couple of months and then I can look ahead.
“I want to go away on holiday with my children. Walk on beaches and just have some nice meals.
“I want to say a big thank you to my mum who has helped out since I was in hospital.
“She has gone home now and I am looking after the children on my own again which is good.”
Natalie has come a long way since being diagnosed and the former nurse never gave up hope and underwent treatment in America in 2009 to save her life. She became reliant on oxygen and everyday activities were taxing.
However just as she was ruling out her chances of finding an all-important donor - one came through.
At the Wythenshawe Hospital she had an eight-hour operation before being transferred to the intensive care unit.
Despite doctors claiming that it could take up to six weeks for a recovery she was able to come home three weeks early - in time for Mothers Day.
She said: “It is strange being able to breathe easily and I do think about the family of the person who donated the lungs to me.
“I am planning to write to them to tell them about my progress after 12 weeks - just so it I have something good to report to them. feel like I have been given a new lease of life and I want to let them know how thankful that I am.