Melissa Ede’s poignant final interview one week before death

Transgender lottery winner Melissa Ede poignantly spoke of "how precious life is" just days before her death.

The 58-year-old died on Saturday – less than two years after she won £4million on a scratch card.

After suffering a recent health scare, Melissa said she "thought her time was up".

The former taxi driver said: “I really did think my time was up. My chest was crushing in. I thought, ‘This is it.’

“I told Rachel [her fiancee], ‘I love you so much. Always remember that.’

“It makes you realise how precious life is.

"You can be here one minute and gone the next."

She was taken ill after rushing to finish mowing the lawn at her Hull home before a downpour last Sunday.

Melissa said: “I was really out of breath afterwards. It all kicked off early Monday and again in the afternoon.

“My heart was pounding and it was all the signs of a heart attack.”

An ambulance arrived five minutes later and took her to Hull Royal Infirmary.

Mel said after five hours at Hull Royal Infirmary, where she had blood tests, heart checks and X-rays on her lungs, she got the all-clear.

She thanked all the medics who cared for her adding: “We completely take the NHS for granted. I was very impressed.”

As well as focusing on the fragility of life Mel sent out a defiant message to those who her sent her transphobic comments following her hospital visit.

She said: "People saying it is a shame I’m not dead. Well, I’ve got a message to you people, there’s nothing actually wrong with this ticker or my lungs, all been checked out so you’ve got me for quite a while yet so I’m sure that will make you all happy.

"All I wanted to do was thank the staff who took care of me and then there’s all these people wishing I was dead. It’s like, surely you have got more to think about in life than wishing death on other people."

Mel said she had one thing to say to those posting saying "it’s not a she it’s a he" as well.

"How big is your brain? It’s pea sized because you can’t think of anything else to say," she said. "That’s all you ever come back, ‘it’s a he not a she’.

The country took Mel to heart when she started sharing details of her transformation with the public.

Having immediately quit her job following the lottery win she enjoyed her first new year's eve not sat behind the wheel of a taxi.

She moved out of her bedsit and into a £450,000 house with fiance Rachel, who has five children and had got down on one knee before the life-changing win.

At the time of the scratch card win her own children, aged 19 and 39, had cut her out of their lives.

She told The Mirror how she felt like a “brand new woman” after splashing out £50,000 on new teeth, lip fillers, cheek fillers and botox.

The next stage of her transformation – a £15,000 nose job and facelift – had been booked in by Mel before she died.

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