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.

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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.

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“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.

She said she also got the COVID vaccine in March, but believes the medication she was taking may have weakened the vaccine.

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A GoFundMe has been set up for Bratlein’s post-transplant care.