“My Unborn Baby Saved My Life:” Pregnancy Helps Reveal Mom’s Ovarian Cancer

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Oct 29, 2014   |   11:31AM   |   Washington, DC

A Georgia woman calls her baby “Miracle Mae” because she saved her life. Jenny Purvis, 29, was due to give birth in September; however, a 27-week doctor visit revealed that the mom had high blood pressure.

At the Savannah’s Memorial Health University Jenny was diagnosed with preeclampsia and an ultrasound was performed. The ultrasound showed that blood flow had been cut off to the placenta and doctors decided that it would be best if Jenny had an emergency caesarean section.

maeOn June 16th, her daughter was born safely, weighing a tiny 2 pounds 8 ounces. Jenny told the Statesboro Herald, “She was beautiful, but little. It was scary. But she was already crying, which was a good thing.” At the time, doctors were monitoring cysts that they thought, “were of no concern” and even getting smaller. But immediately after Mae was born, they had to remove two tumors and most of Jenny’s ovaries.

When they biopsied the tumors they found out that she had ovarian cancer. Then Jenny had to undergo four rounds of chemotherapy and once that’s complete she will need a hysterectomy.

She said, “I guess I was pretty naïve. The doctor came in and said it was ovarian cancer. I didn’t think about a 29-year-old getting ovarian cancer.” Ovarian cancer accounts for three percent of all cancers among women but causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.

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Although the Jenny has been through a lot, she’s very thankful her baby helped discover the cancer. On August 25th, Mae came home from the hospital and weighed a health ten pounds. At the beginning of the school year, Jenny hopes to return to her teaching position at a local school. Jenny said, “It’s been quite a journey. We’ve had so much love and support from this community.

Even the Ronald McDonald House staff was impressed with all the Statesboro support we received. We feel so fortunate in so many ways, despite the circumstances. It’s definitely changed me. I don’t sweat the little stuff anymore. We don’t take anything for granted. We cherish being home now — we were away from home for so long.”

She concluded, “This is not how we saw our first pregnancy going, but it’s definitely brought all of us closer. We’re just counting our blessings. I feel blessed that I have my beautiful baby — our little miracle. We call her Miracle Mae. She came to save her Mama.”