Lee Kerr didn't have easiest life, but that didn't stop him capturing the hearts of everyone he met.

Having been born with a rare chromosome abnormality, Lee suffered from a range of learning difficulties, a heart defect and mental health problems.

When he tragically passed away on May 20, after suffering a sudden and catastrophic stroke, he still had so many dreams left to fulfill.

He was just 37-years-old, and wanted to get married as well as learn how to drive a car.

His devoted mum, Julie, had noticed a deterioration in her son's mental and physical health as the country went into lockdown - but she never expected to lose her son so soon.

Lee would spend much of his time in his bedroom, as he struggled to grasp the reality of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

And on May 18, Lee was rushed to hospital from his family home in Northenden, Wythenshawe, and placed into the resuscitation unit.

Lee Kerr was born with a rare chromosome abnormality. He was born mixed-race but his condition meant his skin colour changed over time

His devastated mum, dad, and sister were unable to comfort him properly - only being allowed five minutes with him each, dressed head to toe in PPE.

Following Lee's death, his family were told by hospital staff that he had agreed to donate his organs, to help the lives of others.

Just two weeks on, three people's lives have been changed by Lee's admirable generosity. Both his kidneys and his liver could save their lives.

"He may not have achieved much in his body, but in his death he carried on giving," mum, Julie Kerr said.

"That for us is our greatest comfort and our son is a superhero in our eyes. Three people facing death have now through Lee, been given hope and a future."

Lee had attended specialist schools throughout his childhood, and in teenage years had suffered difficulties with his mental health.

"In the last year we noticed changes with his mobility and he became quite weak," Julie said.

"He had been going to a day centre, but with the coronavirus situation he had to shield because he was classed as vulnerable.

"With everything going on it really affected him. His day to day routine came to a stop and he couldn't understand why suddenly everything had changed.

"The stress on him was just immense."

Lee was described by his family as someone who captured the hearts and minds of everyone he met

On the Monday morning before Lee's death, Julie found her son collapsed on his bedroom floor and phoned an ambulance.

"When we got to the hospital we couldn't be with him because of the coronavirus precautions," Julie said.

"Knowing he had a learning disability I was desperate for him not to be alone. They let us into a relatives room but we weren't able to see him.

"They finally allowed me five minutes with him dressed head to toe in PPE and I tried to reassure him that everything was going to be okay."

The following morning, Julie received a call to say her son had been moved to intensive care, and that she needed to come into the hospital.

Lee with his dad Delroy

"When we got there they put us in a room and the doctors came in and told us the worst," Julie said.

"It was the worst thing a parent could hear. They said Lee had had a catastrophic stroke and that there was nothing more they could do for him. 

"One minute he was with us, the next he was gone. It just hurt us all so much.

"Despite Lee having many disabilities he loved freely and captured the hearts and minds of everyone he met with his selfless love."

Lee's family have since been informed that his organs have gone on to change the lives of three people in need of organ transplants.

"We are so incredibly proud of our son and his generosity towards caring for others through organ donation," Julie added.

"We take great comfort knowing that Lee had helped towards providing life for others who are desperate to have a future."

Lee's family have launched a gofundme page to help with the unexpected financial burden of planning his funeral and memorial.

They also want to donate any extra money to Talbot House in north Manchester, which supports carers of children with special needs.

You can donate to the page here.