Mother with cancer refused to abort her child: "It's the best decision I ever made…"

And even her doctors are amazed.

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A mother who refused to abort her unborn baby after discovering she had leukaemia, has stunned doctors by giving birth to a healthy baby girl.

Victoria Webster, 33, was diagnosed with cancer during a routine blood test when she was 21 weeks pregnant.

Medics pleaded with her to have a late termination so she could start on a course of life-saving chemotherapy – but warned the medication would kill her unborn daughter.

The mother-of-two decided to keep her baby, and delay her treatment – and incredibly, she is now on the road to recovery after giving birth to a healthy baby girl.

Mrs Webster from Birmingham, said: ‘My doctor told me I needed to make a choice and decide whether I should keep my baby.

‘To me, there was no decision to make. I had already bonded with my baby while she was growing inside me and as her mum, I had to protect her.

‘Doctors kept telling me I should have a termination – but I had made up my mind, and my husband Martyn supported me.

‘It’s the best decision I have ever made. I can’t imagine my life without my daughter.  Since having Jessica last April, I’ve had a course of chemo and I’m beating leukaemia.’

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Comments

  1. There are wonderful programs for pregnant mothers who find themselves with cancer that specialize in working to save both mother and child (University of Pennsylvania has one). One of my colleagues was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 5 months pregnant with her 2nd child – and was successfully treated. Her son is in middle school now.

  2. Saint Gianna, canonized “Mother of a Family”, is a model for women in such situations.
    Please check out this website: http://www.saintgianna.org

  3. It is truly wonderful that this woman was able to make a choice that reflected her beliefs and her religious faith. May she and her husband enjoy many, many days together raising this very beautiful family.

    And may other women continue be similarly blessed with the freedom to make a similar choice.

  4. Ds0490, you and I are on the same page. I worry, too, that when the government takes over healthcare, bureaucrats will make decisions to terminate the pregnancies of mothers of babies that they deem unworthy.

  5. @Ttarp. I worry about Insurance Companies already doing that now.

  6. JJ, an insurance company can’t mandate anything. If your insurance contract does not call for the insurance company to pay for the procedure, in this case prenatal care, they won’t pay for the care but they cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do. A person can pay for his or her own medical care. And if you can’t afford it, there are many ways that free healthcare is provided. Catholic hospitals are a great example of free healthcare providers. And long before the government got so involved in healthcare in America, govt now pays about 50% of healthcare bills, hospitals gave away far more free healthcare than they do now.

    A government that has taken control of healthcare can mandate that you have a procedure that you do not want. And a government can prevent you from having a procedure that you do want.

  7. It makes me angry when medical professionals encourage termination, even after the mother has said NO.

    I was 20 weeks pregnant with baby #2 when we found out that she would be born with Down syndrome. At the moment that I was most vulnerable, the Dr. strongly suggested that I terminate the pregnancy, even after I’d already told her no, that it was not something we would even consider. Period. During that same office visit she went on to reminded me three more times that “We can take care of this for you”… she made it sound like it was nothing more than taking out the garbage. !!!

    We knew we were keeping that baby no matter what the outcome was, but some women are so vulnerable at that moment that they can easily be talked into termination.

    Thank God for people like Victoria Webster who believe in the right to life… even if it means sacrificing her own life in return.

  8. pagansister says:

    I’m glad things turned out right for Ms. Webster. The important thing here is that she had a choice. She made the choice that was right for her.

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