Despite malignant tumors on her spine and a series of battles with cancer, an Australian mom defied the odds and recently gave birth to a healthy boy, the Daily Mail reported.
Terry and her husband, Zachary, wanted children, but the Melbourne, Australia couple were warned by doctors that Terry’s health risks were too great to have a baby, 7News reports.
As a child, Terry had spinal cord cancer, which paralyzed her arm and stunted her growth. Then at the tender age of 14, she was diagnosed with brain cancer, according to the reports. Despite her doctors’ warnings, Terry became pregnant with a baby boy.
“She was suffering with low lung capacity and had benign brain tumors and malignant spinal tumors when she began her risky pregnancy journey,” according to the Daily Mail.
After experiencing these health risks, Terry said she sought counsel from Professor Sue Walker, who gave her hope and told her that she could continue her pregnancy. She did not have to abort her unborn child.
Professor Walker told 7News: “She taught us as much as we gave her, about the power of courage and determination. I think Terry is a wonderful example of what’s possible.”
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Now that baby Matthew is born and healthy, Terry and Zachary said they are thinking of having more children.
Thanks to advances in medical understanding and technology, more women with severe heath difficulties are able to have children. A prior LifeNews article shared the story of Amy Caultron, another mother who was told she could never have children.
At 9 years old, Amy had a kidney transplant. Although the transplant was a success, Amy worried she wouldn’t be able to have children. However, at age 30, she gave birth to a healthy baby, Seth.
Caultron described her joy at having a baby: “I think Seth is our little miracle. He’s everything we wanted and more. Now I’m a mum, I can’t imagine how my own mum felt about it. She must have been so worried.”
She continued, “Having a kidney transplant could have stopped me from enjoying life but that has not been the case. I’ve done some wonderful things and my health issues have never got in the way. When I wanted Seth, the team at Derby were only too happy to support and help me. I don’t know what the future holds, no-one does, but I’m so proud of what I have achieved and my son will know all about what I’ve been through when he’s older.”