The family of a desperately ill mum who underwent a double lung transplant have issued a heartfelt thank you to the donor.
Natalie Kerr, 30, of Adlington, near Chorley, underwent the eight-hour operation to remove and replace both lungs last week.
The brave mum-of-two, who suffers from a rare condition called pulmonary hypertension, is recovering on a ward at Wythenshawe Hospital where she continues to defy the odds.
Her dad Eric said: “Natalie is doing really well and the nurses and doctors think she might break all records.
“With a bit of luck, she’ll be a lot better next week. She’s getting there. She’s a fighter.
“I just really want to thank all of the readers and the people of Adlington for their enormous support.
“I also want to say a big thank you to the donor and their family.
“Without that, Natalie wouldn’t be in this position now.”
Natalie, who is mum to Brendon, nine, and Isabelle, four, was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2008 while in labour with Isabelle.
The condition causes high pressure in the arteries of her lungs, and can eventually lead to heart failure.
Natalie, who worked as a nurse at the Royal Bolton Hospital, was warned she would only live for three more years.
But she continued to defy doctors, undergoing revolutionary stem cell treatment in the US after her family helped raise £40,000 to fund the trip.
But her condition rapidly deteriorated and her only hope was the double-lung transplant.
She was put on the waiting list in October of last year and faced a nervous wait for the same size organ donor with the same blood type to be able to undergo treatment.
Dad Eric said: “Natalie came out of the Intensive Care Unit earlier than expected and has now been moved onto a side ward.
“She is doing fantastically well and they are weaning her off the drugs slowly.
“I’d like to see as many people as possible get their name down on the Donor Register.
“I know it can be frightening and people don’t like to talk about death, but it could bring a lot of people a lot of happiness.”
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