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IN People ON 23 Dec, 2015
Heidi Loughlin, 33, from Portishead, was detected with inflammatory breast cancer when she was 3 months pregnant in September. She took a difficult decision of delaying her life-saving therapy just to give a chance to her unborn baby.
The mom-of-three refused to undergo abortion for delivering her baby safely. She finally gave birth to Ally Louise Smith on 11th December. Then something tragic happened.
The baby girl was born weighing just 2 lbs.
Unfortunately, the newborn baby died on Saturday.
She was shocked to learn that she is suffering from inflammatory breast cancer in September. As per her condition, doctors advised her to take the effective drug Herceptin to fight the growth of tumor cells. She ignored the doctor's advice as it is lethal for a lot of babies. Doctors also recommended her to undergo abortion but she didn't consider it either.
Ms Loughlin said, "There was absolutely no way I could not keep the baby. We thought we'll manage it, we'll risk it, we'll do it, we'll just crack on." Her decision of having a light chemotherapy in order to have a healthy baby proved absolutely wrong.
The mother has now started strong chemotherapy to combat her breast cancer.
She wrote this poem on her blog: "Yesterday afternoon our hearts broke in two, for we had to say goodbye to you. Our love for you is a beautiful haze, even though you lived for eight short days. We kissed you, we cuddled you, we tickled your feet, and I know again one day we'll meet. Today brought a rainbow, the lightest of hue, and I wondered if it was sent from you? Our beautiful daughter Ally Louise, I whisper your name and it drifts on the breeze, The pain in my body and heart and my soul, feels it will consume me and leave me un-whole. Your brothers will honour you in all that they do, we forever have 3 children, not just two. I will try to heal for you, and my body unfurl, you'll be always beside me our beautiful girl.'