A little girl has been hailed a miracle stick of dynamite after she was born when her mum was clinically infertile due to chemotherapy treatment.
Nel Williams is now a thriving ten-year-old who loves playing the piano, watching football and performing on stage – but while her mum was pregnant, her life hung in the balance.
Kate was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2005 after spotting a large lump after her armpit, but after a lumpectomy and a mastectomy, she was told it had spread.
Her only option was intensive chemotherapy, which severely affects fertility, Wales Online reports.
But despite being under the cosh of cancer-beating drug herceptin Kate discovered she was expecting her third child – one of just a handful in the world known to have conceived during such arduous treatment.
It was all absolutely terrifying, said Kate, 47, who lives in Penarth, Wales.
We went for a scan at four weeks and in the middle of this big, black abyss we were staring at this bright, beating light which was her heart.
My husband, Huw, said at the time that she ‘deserved a cuddle’ so we made the decision to stop my chemotherapy.
We didn’t know what the condition would be of the foetus or whether she’d be disabled when she was born but she’d survived this far so we wanted to give her a chance.
Kate said she knew she was taking a huge gamble by coming off herceptin during pregnancy but her oncologist assured her she was in good physical shape and responding well to treatment.
It was quite an agonising decision because I was running the risk of my two other children losing their mum, she said.
But the staff at Velindre Cancer Centre, as well as my midwife who’d been there for the delivery of my two other children, were fantastic.
Daughter Nel was born at their former home in Pontcanna, Cardiff, on Tuesday, October 23, weighing a very healthy 8lbs 9oz.
They monitored her throughout the pregnancy and she was growing fine, Kate added.
The only thing she had ‘wrong’ with her was having just one kidney but that’s not an irregular occurrence.
Nel, a pupil at Albert Primary School in Penarth, has now decided to shave off all her hair for Velindre Cancer Centre in honour of her mum and nan Susie Beer who has stage four breast cancer.
We call Nel the ‘smiling assassin’. She’s like a little ball of fire; a stick of dynamite, joked Kate.
She came to me and asked if she could raise money for Velindre as she feels she wouldn’t be here without the care I received.
Nel and her nan have a very close bond and they love each other very much.
All of Nel’s shoulder-length hair will be given to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes real hair wigs for children facing cancer.
The disease really does devastate people’s lives – and it’s devastated ours, added Kate.
I count my lucky stars every day [that I’ve survived this] and am witnessing my children grow up.
In just two days Nel has raised more than £750 for Velindre Cancer Centre. To donate go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Nel-Williams .
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