Mum With Rare Breast Cancer Delivers Miracle Baby
A woman has given birth to a healthy "miracle baby" despite being diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer during her pregnancy.
Everyone has their idea of a miracle. For Jade Devis, 36, her baby boy is her miracle. Devis, who was diagnosed with a rare kind of breast cancer during her pregnancy gave birth to a boy she termed a miracle baby. That the baby survived months of chemotherapy and still came out fine is indeed a miracle by any reasonable standard.
Mum diagnosed with rare breast cancer during pregnancy delivers ‘miracle’ baby
This rare diagnosis came during the first trimester of her pregnancy, signalling a difficult road ahead for the Californian mum. After her surgery and chemotherapy, she delivered a baby boy she called ‘miracle’ child in July and named him Bradley.
Devis herself has been responding to treatment. She should finish her final round of infusion therapy at the end of November. “Devis finishes her final round of infusion therapy at the end of November, but she’s grateful to have her son,” officials at Loma Linda University Cancer Center said in a written statement. “Her doctors are confident she will be cancer-free at the end of her treatment.”
Devis feels eternally grateful to the team at the hospital and the team that took care of her through all of it. “Loma Linda University Cancer Center team gave me more than my son,” Devis says, “they picked up my spirit and rejuvenated my soul.”
Where the journey began
Devis first noticed a large lump on her breast in March that was hard to the touch. She saw a physician in Pomona, who then sent her to a radiologist. The radiologist said the lump was likely a symptom of the pregnancy. But, Devis said she wasn’t satisfied with the answer and asked for a biopsy; this move saved her life.
The biopsy confirmed that she had one of the most unusual cancers: Stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer. At the time the expert advice on her baby wasn’t favourable. The doctor told her that the chances of delivering a healthy child were slim since the pregnancy was still early. Hence, her doctor advised her to see a specialist who could improve her chances. Davis said she did not know how she felt about the pregnancy until she was told not to continue with it. “That is when something rose up inside of me, she said. “I wanted to keep my baby because I would not allow a stranger to tell me about my child’s fate.”
Afterwards, Davis began her search for a specialist. The search led her to Loma Linda University Cancer Center under the care of breast cancer specialist Gayathri Nagaraj, MD. At the hospital, she learned that cancer could spread to other organs. Also, she would have to go through many rounds of chemotherapy and surgery. However, she became concerned about how general anaesthesia would affect the baby. The doctor assured her that the baby would be fine because there were nerve blockers to help protect it. The surgery was successful.
“Going through chemotherapy is tough for anyone, and we do our very best to support our patients in every way we can at Loma Linda University Cancer Center,” Nagaraj said.