Breast Cancer Survivor Put Off Cancer Treatments Instead of Aborting Her Baby

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 25, 2019   |   6:58PM   |   London, England

A British mother is being praised for her selflessness after she chose to put off cancer treatments while pregnant with her daughter.

Kate’s story was featured on the BBC Two program “Hospital” on Thursday.

The Sun reports her heartbreaking story and her brave decision to put her daughter’s life before her own has been met with overwhelming praise by viewers.

Kate survived breast cancer in her 20s after having a double mastectomy, according to the Daily Mail. Now in her 30s, she and her husband, Glen, have a 2-year-old daughter and recently became pregnant with another, according to the report.

The family thought Kate was cancer-free, but half way into her second pregnancy, doctors gave her devastating news: Her cancer had returned.

Doctors asked Kate to consider an abortion, but she chose her unborn baby instead.

Here’s more from the report:

Faced with the agonising decision of terminating the pregnancy or delaying the best cancer treatment, Kate chose to have her daughter.

Secondary breast cancer – when breast cancer returns in another part of the body – is usually incurable and affects about a third of patients within 10 years.

Kate put off having strong treatment, which would have harmed her baby, and continued with the pregnancy to give birth to Katie-Hope.


The newborn was delivered by c-section six weeks early so Kate could be given the radiotherapy she needs to stave off the cancer.

Doctors don’t know how long the now mother-of-two has left to live.

Afterward, people who watched the family’s story said they were moved to tears. Others praised Kate for putting her daughter’s life above her own.

“Tonight we witnessed just how powerful a mother’s love can be. I wish Kate and her family lots of love,” one viewer wrote online.

“How brave is Kate and her family – nothing but admiration for them,” another added.

Her story is an inspiring reminder of the power of sacrificial love and the precious value of babies in the womb.