‘She was worth it’: UK mom delayed leukemia trea

“It’s the best decision I have ever made. I can’t imagine my life without my
daughter,” said Webster.

BY Kathleen Gilbert

BIRMINGHAM, UK, February 17, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – One British cancer
patient has sent a powerful message about the value of life after she
refused aggressive treatment for her leukemia in an effort to save the life
of her unborn daughter – who was, in fact, born perfectly healthy last

“My doctor told me I needed to make a choice and decide whether I should
keep my baby. To me, there was no decision to make,” Victoria Webster, 33,
told the UK’s Daily Mail. “I had already bonded with my baby while she
was growing inside me and as her mum, I had to protect her.

“Doctors kept telling me I should have a termination – but I had made up
my mind, and my husband Martyn supported me.”

Webster had discovered that she suffered from chronic myeloid leukaemia, or
cancer of the blood, during a routine blood test when she was 21 weeks
pregnant. Doctors, who said her prognosis was good because they caught the
disease so early, begged her to begin chemotherapy immediately, a treatment
that would have killed her unborn daughter Jessica.

Webster instead opted for a less aggressive treatment, and waited until
Jessica was born in April 2010 by Cesarean section before taking the
powerful drugs. She is now reportedly responding well to treatment, and she
hopes that she will soon be in full remission.

“It’s the best decision I have ever made. I can’t imagine my life
without my daughter,” said Webster.

“I was terrified that even my milder treatment would have harmed Jessica,
but luckily, she was perfect,” she said.

“We bonded straight away – holding her in my arms was truly an amazing

The mom from Birmingham, who also has a four-year-old son Lewis, said that
when she was first told she had cancer, “bizarrely, my first feeling was
one of relief.” “I thought they were going to tell me that there was
something wrong with my baby,” she told the Mail. “It wasn’t until a
few days later when it really hit me. ‘I was terrified that my son would
have to grow up without his mummy.”


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