Charlotte Smith, 55, has been a regular fixture on the BBC series of Countryfile alongside her co-stars Matt Baker, 46, Ellie Harrison, 41, Adam Henson, 53, Anita Rani, 41, and John Craven, 71, to name a few, since 1998. The BBC Radio 4 host admitted she was “incredibly lucky” after she was informed by medical professionals her lung had collapsed nine years ago and again more recently. The small-screen star revealed how she was diagnosed with a rare lung disease called Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) that can require people to undergo a lung transplant. Speaking about the condition exclusively to Express.co.uk, Charlotte said: “I did some publicity photos which was taken a couple of years ago and when I got home from the photoshoot, I realised that my lungs had collapsed and I was in the hospital for two weeks.”
I’m a bit overweight
The BBC presenter has said her condition has not impacted her day-to-day life but she has had to lose some weight, which she added was “tedious”.
The mother-of-two said: “Actually day-to-day it doesn’t affect me and I’m incredibly lucky.
“Because the kind of problems I’ve had with my lungs can affect people to the extent that they need a lung transplant. So I’m really lucky.
“When I had my last operation my lung had previously collapsed and I’ve got slightly less lung capacity than the average person," she explained.
“But also I’m a bit overweight and very lazy so I think to be honest, I don’t think it affects me that much. I’m