NATALIE Kerr celebrated the 37 year birthday last week – one never thought they would see.
In fact, Natalie never thought that would see some birthdays after the age of & # 39; 30 years since developed hypertension fatal lung and given a limited time to live.
She had a double lung transplant and, six years ago against the odds, she received a transplant and that her life resumed. Now, at home in & # 39; Adlington, has two questions in life: to make it to her two children and proud to raise awareness about donation & # 39; organs.
All & # 39; this, however, was far in the future when Natalie grew up in & # 39; The Haulgh and Breightmet as part of a loving family. Her father, Eric, worked at the train station & # 39; Bolton and is now Operations Coordinator at & # 39; Longsight. Her Mum, Christine, was a constant presence and & # 39; support in & # 39; very glad tfulita.
Natalie went to Bolton Parish Primary School Primary School and then fold before Withins Roscoe Bolton North High School and College, get a good GCSE before leaving to 16.
Always with love sports and dance, Natalie had excellent health throughout the school and spent & # 39; her free time in dance classes or issued dance socially with friends. "I was always good and always very active", she recalled.
She had her sights set on a career in nursing and held part-time jobs in college. She went Adlington when faced with & # 39; its future partner and son Brandon was born in 2002.
Natalie kept the dream & # 39; a living nurses, however, and was accepted on a degree & # 39; nursing at the University & # 39; Salford. Unfortunately, in her early 20s, began suffering problems with his breathing and feeling bad.
Her GP could & # 39; find nothing wrong but, when he fell & # 39; in 2005, he was sent for tests at the hospital. Again & # 39 others; they do not reveal any specific cause.
Henceforth, Natalie began feeding Royal Bolton Hospital – "I really loved nursing, I just loved my work," she said.
Then, it tqilaet with her second child, Isabelle. When she was just six months pregnant, it again was not good and doctors feared had pre-eclampsia – a condition that includes high blood pressure. Specialized tests, though, now revealed who actually had pulmonary hypertension, a serious condition that can & # 39; damage to the right heart.
"I'm really shocked account the diagnosis," said Natalie. "But a very bad bill – and I also I work".
Having been transferred to Hospital & # 39; & # 39 in Santa Maria, Manchester, she gave birth b & # 39; natural way but leaving her daughter.
Back home and fragile, Natalie lived mostly in & # 39; wheelchair and on oxygen but its own research revealed that doctors in America were receiving good results for pulmonary hypertension with treatment a & # 39; stem cells.
Since this cost £ 40,000, started campaign & # 39; profile that really caught the attention of the public. With the help of & # 39; & # 39 variety; friends and family, the money raised. Natalie eventually had her treatment and a year & # 39; "feeling pretty good".
But the symptoms returned and told Natalie to double lung transplant now makes any difference. It is red on the transplant list, by far, waited.
"I just wanted to see my children grow up", she said. "I made plans to will and we are. I wanted to live but I just felt so tired."
Then, a miracle. In 2012, it was informed that appropriate donor lungs were available and she went to the hospital & # 39; Wythenshawe for transplantation.
It was a success and, b & # 39; remarkable way, a homeowner was within three weeks. "I was so grateful to the donor family and all people who helped me," said Natalie.
Finally, it was f & # 39; able to play with her children, iġbedhom sleding in the snow – doing all the things that she has never been able to do before. "I had my life back", she said simply, smiling at the memory.
Since then, Natalie became an active ambassador for the donation of & # 39; organs. After her appearance on the show & # 39; Lorraine TV, 10,000 people signed up to become donors & # 39; organs. She appeared on TV and radio, appearing in & # 39; newspapers and magazines and talks to various groups and organizations and primary schools.
Her dream is to & # 39 system donation & # 39; organs "opt out" national and is "delighted" that the government is now planning this. "If only people realizzjaw just the donation of organs means individuals I am sure that they understand," she said. "It gave me my life back."
To find out more about organ donation, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk/