Told She Had Cancer While Pregnant, Mom Rejects Abortion and Has Life-Saving Surgery

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 14, 2014   |   4:26PM   |   London, England

Angela Marsh, 27, was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with baby Zachary. Angela faced two impossible options – one was abortion then life-saving operation. She could delay surgery until baby was born and risk the cancer spreading or end her baby’s life in an abortion with the hopes of saving her own.

But Angela opted for a third, never-before-tried tactic. She decided to go for a another pioneering, risky option – surgery while pregnant.

Now, the London Daily Mail says she is the thought to be the first woman in Britain to have this type of surgery. Zachary survived and was born weighing a healthy 7lb 2oz. Here is more on Angela’s courageous decision:

Angela Marsh, 27, feared she might never meet her son Zachary after being diagnosed with cervical cancer while pregnant with him
The surgery worked and yesterday she was preparing for the first birthday of Zachary, the child she thought she would never see.

‘It’s been such a tough time, but to have such a special, happy baby today is the best possible reward for everything we went through,’ said the 27-year-old.

‘Every time he smiles, it feels like he’s summing up our whole experience over the past 12 months and telling us everything’s going to be fine now.’

The barmaid was given the shattering news she had cancerous cells after her very first cervical screening test in May 2012.

She was referred for surgery at the Christie Hospital in Manchester which, a month later, told her she was pregnant.



It was then that doctors offered her the third option – trying to remove her cervix while not harming the unborn child.

‘They told me the operation hadn’t even been done in this country before,’ said Miss Marsh, who also has a seven-year-old son.