A 36-year old cancer patient in New York made the ultimate sacrifice after opting to go ahead with her pregnancy and ensure that her baby girl lived even though she was told that unless she got an abortion and underwent chemotherapy, she would not live long.
Elizabeth Joice was diagnosed with cancer for the first time in September 2010, a month before she married her boyfriend Max. She underwent four rounds of chemotherapy, a surgery and more chemotherapy before doctors declared that she was cancer free, though it seemed to have come at a heavy price after she was told by the doctors that she would never become pregnant.
Just over two years later, the couple found to their joy that Elizabeth was indeed pregnant and got ready to raise a family. However just a month after her pregnancy was confirmed, Elizabeth was told that her cancer had returned and was advised to get an abortion in order to begin her treatment.
The 36-year old though decided to go ahead with the pregnancy as it was her last chance of having a baby and as her health deteriorated, doctors performed a Caesarean section in January and delivered a baby girl which the couple named Lily. The cancer though had spread through her body and Elizabeth died on March 9 with her husband by her side.
"We said our goodbyes. It was like something out of a movie. We sat there and cried. We tried to tell stories, talk about all the great things. Liz came home five days after Lily was born. That one night at home was all we had", Max said.