We all know that doctors and nurses do what they do because they love to help people.
With that in mind, it’s important to remember that they will always try to do what they think is best for their patients. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they’re right 100% of the time.
Talented and extremely clever as they may be, they’re humans at the end of the day, making them fallible to a certain degree. This is something mom Jade Devis knows.
The 36-year-old was expecting her first child when she received a diagnosis of stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer. Her illness was discovered after she found a lump and knew in her heart something wasn’t right.
Devis told Loma Linda University Health: “If I had ignored it, I would have been dead.”
Devis spent the next few weeks mulling over her options. Complicating matters was the fact she was pregnant. As per BreastCancer.org, around 10-20 percent of breast cancers are triple-negative, meaning they’re not fuelled by the hormones oestrogen and progesterone, making them harder to treat.
With hormonal therapies out of the question, Devis had to turn to a lumpectomy and chemotherapy, both of which posed big risks to the baby growing inside of her.
Devis was told by doctors that the best thing to do would be to terminate her pregnancy.
She explained: “I did not know how I felt about the pregnancy until I was told I should not continue my pregnancy. That’s when something rose up inside of me — I wanted to keep my baby because I would not allow a stranger to tell me my child’s fate.”
Devis sought out a specialist to help her through the treatment, facing several rounds of chemo and a lumpectomy. Said specialist, Gayathri Nagaraj, knew going into the chemotherapy that Devis’ pregnancy would make it even more difficult than usual.
“Going through chemotherapy is tough for anyone, and we do our very best to support our patients in every way we can,” the doctor said.
“In Jade’s situation we had to be doubly cautious and alert to ensure the safety of the patient and the baby. I am extremely glad to be working with an amazing team who all came together to make this possible.”
Devis wasn’t prepared to give up.
“His heart was beating,” the mom told Breitbart. “I could feel him inside. He was fighting, so I had to fight, too.”
Against all odds, Devis delivered a healthy baby in July. Loma Linda University Health say she suffered no complications from the chemotherapy. The danger is over, and so she can concentrate on getting better herself.
“It is surreal to remember that my pregnancy had an element of extraordinary fear,” she said.
“I am blessed when I look at my son, and I cannot ask for more than that,” she said. “My baby boy is my miracle child.”
Jade faces her own battles now, and has weeks of treatment ahead. Doctors are reportedly confident, though, and her prognosis is good looking toward the future.
We’re so happy Jade’s little boy was born without complication or problem. We’re sending all our prayers in her direction, so she may be healed and live a long and happy life.
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