CHICAGO (CBS) — Laura Bratlien had COVID-19 and her lungs failed, and doctors told her husband she was going to die.
But she has proven to be a true survivor.READ MORE: 'Survivor' Contestant Michelle Yi Describes Frightening Santa Monica Assault
Bratlien left Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Wednesday after being hospitalized for four months.
The Oak Forest grandmother received a double lung transplant, and never gave up fighting.READ MORE: Fantasy Football Start Or Sit Week 8: Can Kirk Cousins Put Up Points On The Cowboys Defense?
“It’s been a very long physical journey for me. Of course, my lungs were destroyed. But three times, I almost died,” Bratlein said. “Every breath I take today is to honor the person that donated these lungs.”
Bratlien is also a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma back in 2013.
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