Mother Sacrifices Her Sight to Protect Her Unborn Baby

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 5, 2014   |   12:39PM   |   Washington, DC

LifeNews recently profiled a woman who decided to have an abortion to save her life. There is some dispute about whether her medical condition really required her o take the life of her own baby to save her life.

Now, here is a story of another woman — who is bravely giving up part of her own eyesight to protect her unborn child. If you were in her situation, would you be able to do what she is doing?

From the story:

chantalA pregnant Edmonton woman has decided to have life-changing surgery in hopes of keeping a rare form of eye cancer from affecting her unborn baby.

Chantal Gauthier-Vaillancourt received her original diagnosis in 2009, while in her first year studying midwifery.

“It was a malignant melanoma in my right eye that could spread to the liver and the bones.”

Gauthier-Vaillancourt went through a number of natural therapies and radiation, before doctors told her she was in remission.

“We were told to wait to get pregnant, which is what we did, and it worked out fairly well.”

Gauthier-Vaillancourt finished her studies and after spending five years in remission, she and her husband found out they were expecting a child.

“We were really excited about that,” she says. “About two weeks later I went for my regular checkup and it was then that we discovered that the tumour had grown substantially in a very short period of time.”

At the time, there was a 25 per cent chance of Gauthier-Vaillancourt’s cancer spreading to the placenta. But because her pregnancy was only eight weeks along, she and her husband didn’t think the options they were given were the right decision at the time.

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“Abortion, radiation, surgery [to remove the tumour]: none of those seemed appropriate for us,” says Gauthier-Vaillancourt, who knew if the surgery caused premature birth her child would not survive.

Gauthier-Vaillancourt has gone through more natural therapies over the past few months and now, at 28 weeks, she’s been faced with another tough decision; while she knows the placenta is tumour-free, there is now a 70 per cent chance she’ll pass on her cancer.

“We’re at a point where we decided it’s time: the baby is strong enough to tolerate the surgery and so I’ll be getting the eye removed next week.”