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CANCER MUM RISKED DEATH TO HAVE BABY Instead of starting treatment, By Donna Bowater.

Byline: Donna Bowater

A BRAVE mum risked her life to give birth to her baby after she was told she had cancer - and now she is beating the disease.

Victoria Webster thought the "whole world had ended" after she was diagnosed with blood cancer when she was five months pregnant with baby Jessica.

The 33-year-old faced the agonising dilemma of aborting the baby to start treatment, or living with cancer until after her child's birth in a gamble that could have cost both their lives.

But Mrs Webster, a former office administrator from Smiths Wood, said she instinctively knew they would both survive and carried on with the pregnancy.

Instead of starting treatment, Mrs Webster underwent gruelling four-hour sessions on a machine to wash her blood every week until Jessica was born.

And now, more than a year later, she said she was confi-dent she would soon beat the illness.

Mrs Webster, who also has a four-year-old son called Lewis, said: "When I went to be diagnosed, I just sat there - I froze. My husband Martyn held my hand and I cried. My first worry was that Lewis was going to be without a mum.

"I asked how long I had to live. It was like my whole world had ended.

"They kept asking me, 'are you sure you want to have the baby' but she was already a baby. She was already my daughter and I couldn't have done it.

"I knew my daughter would survive the pregnancy and I knew I would be alright.

"It was a bad pregnancy and the blood-washing was very dramatic but the tablets now are working wonders.

"You can tell it is going into remission."

Mrs Webster said her bone marrow samples had showed she was responding well to the treatment and hoped her next tests would put her in the clear.

She added: "At the beginning, it was hard to deal with but now I stay positive for my kids because I'm a mum and I'm so happy being a mum.

"As long as I have 20 or 30 years watching my kids grow up into adults I don't mind."

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Happy family: Victoria Webster and husband Martyn with Lewis, aged four, and Jessica, aged nine months.
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