Mum tells how transplant has transformed her life
8:05am Wednesday 13th February 2013 in News
A MUM who underwent a double- lung transplant has appeared on national television to urge people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Natalie Kerr shared the Daybreak sofa with Lorraine Kelly to talk about the difference the transplant has made to her life.
The 31-year-old, who is mum to five-year-old Isabelle and 10-yearold Brandon would have died if it was not for the transplant almost a year ago.
The former Royal Bolton Hospital nurse says she will always be grateful to her anonymous donor.
Miss Kerr was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension five years ago and in the months leading up to her transplant had become reliant on oxygen and was very weak.
Since her transplant, she has amazed doctors with her progress and says she has been given a “second chance” at life.
Miss Kerr from Adlington was chosen by ITV to take part in their Valentine’s week “From The Heart” campaign, which aims to raise awareness of organ donation.
There are about 10,000 people in the UK who need a transplant and 1,000 of them die waiting every year.
Miss Kerr told Lorraine Kelly: “I was so poorly this time last year, I was nearly dying. I waited 17 weeks for my transplant and I am doing this for all the people who are still waiting because I know exactly what it is like.”
Miss Kerr made a thank you card for the donor’s family to tell them about the difference it had made to her life and hopes they will see her on television.
“I am hoping they will be watching and are proud of me and can see what a difference they have made for me.
“If they could see my children’s faces and see how happy they are now they have got their mum back, they are the most important people and because of the donor woman and her family.”
Sally Johnson, director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “Organ donation transforms and saves lives and we hope this campaign will encourage everyone to join the register and tell their loved ones about their wishes.”
To join the register, visit organ donation.nhs.uk.