Puppy love for Natalie

Photo Neil Cross'Lung transplant mum Natalie Kerr has got a new puppy, Rhia, to keep the family active
Photo Neil Cross'Lung transplant mum Natalie Kerr has got a new puppy, Rhia, to keep the family active
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Man’s best friend is helping a mum recover from a double lung transplant and life-threatening pneumonia.

Natalie Kerr, 30, from Adlington, was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension back in 2008 which meant that she was taking oxygen daily.

Doctors claimed that she only had three years to live but luckily in February a matching donor was found.

However, she was rushed back into intensive care five months later after being struck down on holiday in Spain.

Now after two months of regular hospital visits she has been ordered home by doctors to relax – with a new puppy!

She said: “Everything is going really well and I feel great.

“The doctors have told me that my tests have come back positive and I have done so well. They sent me away to go and have a life.

“That is the reason why we have got our chocolate puppy called Rhia because the kids love him but it means that I can go out for a walk regularly and exercise.

“He has really livened up our house since we got him a weeks ago and it is just like having another kid.

“The only problem is that it is chewing everything at the minute but we love him.

The mum-of-two to Brandon, 10, and Isabelle, four, is delighted that she can now do things that she struggled with in the past.

She said: “One of the biggest milestones was being able to walk Isabella to her first day at school. I never thought I would see that considering how ill I was last year.

“I am now able to be a mum which is all I have ever wanted.”

After the success of her recovery Natalie has issued a heartfelt plea to more people to sign up to the donor register as it could be difference between life and death.

She said: “I feel so lucky to be alive to have had a donor that helped to give me their lung. If that had not happened I would probably not be here so I think it is important for people to sign up.

“You could be helping to save someone’s life if you do it.

“I know that I have a lot of thank my donor for.”

If you want to find out more about the Donor Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk.