Melissa Benoit has a genetic disorder called cystic fibrosis, which can result in a buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs that lead to potential respiratory failure. But she doesn’t let that stop her from spending time with her daughter Olivia.

Last year, a debilitating bout of influenza hit Melissa, and her lungs were completely destroyed. So at Toronto General Hospital in Ontario, Canada, surgeons removed both lungs during a 9 hour procedure. Then after 6 days, they replaced them with a pair of donor lungs.

The six day wait was intense for the doctors. They haven’t performed an operation like this one before, so it was just a waiting game to see how it turned out. And they were impressed with the results.

Benoit is now walking again, and is making a remarkable recovery that is even better than doctors even imagined. She had spent the past Easter in the hospital with her husband and her daughter and other family, and she couldn’t have been happier.

Benoit has not given up, and because of her trying to hard to get better, Benoit is now even able to dance with her daughter, something that she wasn’t able to do before. She says that her daughter has been the only thing getting her through this.

“I think the most important thing is to remember that you’re here, even though you have a chronic illness. You’re here, and for your child, you are enough,” said Benoit.

We are so thankful that Benoit is making a remarkable recovery, and we are also thankful that her daughter has been there for her mother every step of the way. If you think it is remarkable the Benoit went three days without any lungs, then SHARE this post!