Lovely letter received from the NHS Organ Donor Support Team.
Double-lung transplant mum Natalie Kerr will celebrate her 32nd Birthday today.
Natalie, from Adlington, Chorley, had the double transplant in February 2012 and at one point in her illness thought she would never see another birthday.
She is marking her birthday with her children 11-year-old Brandon and five-year-old Isabelle and is planning to light Chinese lanterns to celebrate being here.
The former nurse said: “I want to say thank you to everybody who has supported me, the people who come up to me in the street and say ‘aren’t you looking well?’
“It really keeps me going and gives me that strength to carry on.”
Natalie was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension while in labour with Isabelle.
The condition causes high pressure in the arteries of her lungs, and eventually leads to heart failure.
She was warned she would only live for three more years and she was later told her only hope was the double-lung transplant.
A match for her was eventually found and she underwent an eight hour operation.
Give Gift of Life .
IT’S Transplant Week and not a bad time at all to ponder on the subject and possibly take some action.
People like Natalie Kerr, the former Royal Bolton Hospital nurse from Adlington whose life was saved last year by a double lung transplant from an anonymous donor, well understand what a transplant means.
And there are many others in the Bolton and Bury area who share this special knowledge and appreciation, either for themselves or for someone they love.
A bill before the Welsh assembly legislates for presumed consent to organ donation, with an opt-out clause. And many of us would love to see this system taken up throughout the UK.
I’d certainly keep the opt-out clause but also make it clear that if you do, you also opt out of receiving organs. In the meantime, please consider registering voluntarily as an organ donor by going to www.organdonation.nhs.uk and giving the best gift of all Life
Nearly 200 die while waiting for organ transplant
Good comment from Professor Arup Banerjee. pilling field . Bolton.
Us in the Bolton news 12/07/2013 2 PAGES!!! LoL.
Hello everyone. Attached the final impact report for the From the Heart campaign giving an analysis for the UK as a whole - together with regional variations. There is also a section on the impact through social media and through other media.
I'd be grateful if you could circulate among your teams as without them none of this would have been possible. As you will see, the experts at the NHS are in no doubt that this campaign will have saved lives.
They are also very clear that a lasting legacy of the campaign is the strong links that they built with you and the people in your teams.
Should you cover the issue of organ donation in the future I would hope that you will be able to use the information in this report to reference the success of ITV's From the Heart campaign where you feel it is appropriate to do so.
It would also be remiss of me not to remind you that it is Organ Transplant Week between 8 - 14th July!
Once again, many thanks for all your hard work, support and engagement that helped to make it the success that it was.
All the very best, Phil
Phil Henfrey | Head of News and Programmes
from Mel Barham.
Just thought you might be interested to read this - the report on just how well the from the heart campaign did. As you will see, Granada got the best results out of the rest of the country (outside the channel islands) and part of that will be down to you!!! so well done for continuing to change lives!!!
Published on 17/04/2013 10:36
Miracle double-lung transplant mum Natalie Kerr from Adlington is telling pupils about the importance of organ donation.
The Chorley woman’s plea to youngsters came on the same day it was revealed that the number of people donating organs had risen by 50 per cent in the past five years.
Miss Kerr, of Highfield Road North, Adlington, who was diagnosed with pulmonary Hypertension while in labour with daughter Isabelle, has been telling schoolchildren how a double lung transplant saved her life.
Just hours before her life-saving transplant 14 months ago, Miss Kerr was comforted by her old college friend Helen Norman, who attended college with Miss Kerr when they were teenagers and is her son’s godmother.
Miss Norman, a teacher at St Saviour Primary School arranged for Miss Kerr to take part in a special assembly at the school in Kearsley, Bolton, where she explained how her transplant meant her children 10-year-old Brandon and five-year-old Isabelle would grow up with a mother.
Miss Kerr said: “It is good to get the message to children so they can go home and talk about it with their family. I have spoken to Brandon about it and he is willing to give his organs because he has seen how it has helped me.
“Isabelle will say now and again, ‘Mummy I love your new lungs’ and it is because of everything I can do now.”
Pulmonary hypertension causes high pressure in the arteries of her lungs, and eventually leads to heart failure.
Miss Kerr was warned she would only live for three more years, before she had the operation.
To find out how to become an Organ Donor or a blood donor, call 0300 123 23 23.
Alternatively you can visit the site blood.co.uk or uktransplant.org.uk.
Natalie doing her best to promote Organ Donation.