A TRANSPLANT survivor who is self-isolating has launched a plea to find a bed closer to her family.

Natalie Palmer is set to be self-isolating for 12 weeks as she is one of the most at-risk of contracting the coronavirus.

The 31-year-old had a liver transplant seven years ago, and her immunosuppressant medicines mean her immune system is weaker.

Ms Palmer lives in Basildon with a nurse and doctor, while her mum, Alyson Palmer, lives in Hadleigh, and works at Morrison’s.

This means her mum has little time to be able to get to her daughter to drop off food and essentials.

And because of the risk of infection, Ms Palmer is having to isolate from her housemates.

She said: “It would be great if someone could offer me somewhere. I am literally living in a room. I’m too afraid to go downstairs, use the kitchen, even make a cup of tea.

“It’s going to be a long time, I can’t even go out for fresh air, I can just open my window. I can’t go out for walks anymore.”

Ms Palmer has been relying on friends to drop off food for her, and has been trying to keep active by taking part in exercise routines posted on Instagram from people such as Joe Wicks and Courtney Black.

She added: “Friends have been getting things for me, but I feel really bad for asking people to do things that I now can’t do myself. I do want to say well done to all the NHS staff, they’re doing great so far.”

Jacqui Peck, a friend of Alyson Palmer, first made the appeal on social media to see if people could offer Ms Palmer anywhere to stay nearer to Hadleigh.

The 62-year-old said: “I lived on Canvey for many years and have since moved to Suffolk. But I was thinking about Natalie and heard she had to self-isolate so I thought I would appeal.

“I thought, surely there must be someone within my Essex friends who would know of somewhere or someone who could help.

“Alyson works very long hours so she can’t get out to her, and we’re all on lockdown so she doesn’t have her family near her to help.”

Anyone can help Natalie should email her at natalie.palmer@talk21.com.