Happy: Natalie Kerr
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.