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'I think of my donor all the time,' says grateful young mother whose double lung transplant has given her a second chance at life Mother of two Natalie Kerr, 31, spent Christmas 2011 hooked up to an oxygen machineFormer nurse was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension four years agoPotentially fatal condition means blood and oxygen can't get to the lungs But her life was saved thanks to a double lung transplant By Emily Payne PUBLISHED: 15:43 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:43 GMT, 2 January 2013 Just over a year ago, Natalie Kerr thought her two young children would be spending this Christmas without her.
The festive blow-out: Average Briton scoffed almost 40,000 calories over Christmas and gained SIX pounds in weight Typical adult consumes 15,000 calories over Christmas and a further 18,000 calories of alcohol before New Year's Day Recommended daily calorie allowance for an eight-day period is around 20,000 for men and 16,000 for women.
On a diet Forget the carrot sticks – just chew each mouthful for 30 secondsBirmingham researchers found this reduces appetite later in the dayThose who chewed for longer ate half as many snacks in the afternoon as those who ate normally But the researchers warn part of the weight loss effect may be because eating becomes so boring | UPDATED: 12:48 GMT, 28 December 2012 Fighting the flab might not be down to what you eat, but to how you eat it, according to new research.
Man given 5% chance of becoming a father after battling testicular cancer twice celebrates his son's first Christmas Huw Allanson, 26, lost a testicle and had several gruelling rounds of chemo after being diagnosed Told he and fiance Lizi had just 5% chance of conceiving naturally due to poor quality spermBut just a week before starting IVF, realised they had conceived naturallyBaby Ryan was born in April this year | UPDATED: 14:49 GMT, 27 December 2012 From the moment he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, Huw Allanson had feared his dream of becoming a father would never come true.
Family's joy after father who plunged 350ft off a mountain while raising money for charity wakes from coma in time for Christmas Roger Parker, 54, was abseiling down a glacier with a climbing team in August when the rock his rope was attached to crumbledFell on to an icy ledge before it collapsed and he plummeted further down the mountain Father-of-three says he is 'just grateful to be alive' and home for ChristmasHas already raised 100,000 and started fundraising again | UPDATED: 16:41 GMT, 27 December 2012 A charity fundraiser who fell 350ft off a Swiss mountain in a freak accident has woken from a coma and spoken of his joy of spending Christmas at home.
Disabled boy, 4, receives prosthetic blade for Christmas just like his hero Jonnie Peacock Rio had lower right leg amputated at 14 months after being born without a knee or ankle jointHad got around using rigid NHS false limbAsked parents for a blade after watching Paralympics and meeting 100m runner Jonnie PeacockReceived new limb for Christmas thanks to Dorset-based company | UPDATED: 01:10 GMT, 26 December 2012 Like many little boys, four-year-old Rio Woolf dreams of following in the footsteps of his sporting idols.
Home for Christmas: The brave baby girl born 15 weeks early weighing less than a tin of baked beans Tiny Amber-May Bass weighed less than 1lb when she was born in August Parents feared family would never enjoy Christmas togetherShe is now well enough to spend festive period with her family – granting her older sister's Christmas wish | UPDATED: 15:21 GMT, 24 December 2012 A hospital's smallest surviving premature baby has defied the odds to make it home for Christmas after her older sister 'asked Santa' to make it happen.
The teenager sure to be in Santa's good books after giving CPR to save her little brother's life Courtney, 13, realised her three-year-old brother had experienced a seizure and had stopped breathingHer mother Kim said Courtney calmly performed CPR while she had panickedCourtney managed to revive Lucas after 20 minutes of chest compression and mouth-to-mouth | UPDATED: 17:19 GMT, 24 December 2012 Meeting Father Christmas is a wonderful experience for any child, but it was extra special for teenager Courtney and her little brother Lucas.
Don't let a cold sore leave a blemish on your big celebration Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virusAn outbreak can be caused by stress and tiredness | UPDATED: 22:01 GMT, 22 December 2012 It is the ultimate festive season horror – the sudden appearance of a cold sore.