A mum diagnosed with cancer faced the agonising choice of terminating her second child or leaving her firstborn without a mother.
Helen Nutter was 14 weeks pregnant and about to set off on a family holiday with husband Matt and son Louie, 3, when they were given the bad news.
The 32-year-old, from Upton, Wirral, was taking antibiotics for a cough but when it became persistent she was sent for tests.
The non-smoker discovered she had small cell lung cancer. Doctors told the couple a termination was Helen’s only option to allow them to give her the chemotherapy she urgently needed, shared Daily Mail.
‘With her being pregnant they didn’t want to offer her chemotherapy until she had a termination or until she was 20 weeks, so that would have been six weeks away,’ said Matt, 35.
‘It was horrendous. We’d been really happy, we had a two-year-old and we were looking forward to having another, but unfortunately we had to make that decision.
‘The doctor that we spoke to was straight to the point. She said you won’t see your pregnancy out if you don’t have a termination.
‘We talked to the other doctors and specialist oncologists and they were all advising the same thing.’
Matt said their little boy Louie was ‘literally her life’ and that she was battling to get more time to spend with him.
He said: ‘Every child needs their mum. I’m his dad and I’m with him but he needs his mum.
Such a heartbreaking decision for them to have to make.
We hope Helen can beat this horrible disease. We are sending her loads of fighting strength.
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