WILDOMAR, Calif. (PIX11) — A California woman who was diagnosed with bone cancer when she was 10 weeks pregnant decided to forgo treatment to give birth to her daughter.
Doctors recommended Ashley Bridges, 24, go on chemotherapy after they diagnosed her with bone cancer. Bridges refused when she found out treatment would mean terminating her pregnancy, FOX8 reported.
“There’s no way I could kill a healthy baby because I’m sick,” Bridges told CBS Los Angeles.
Bridges carried out the pregnancy until she reached her third trimester, when doctors told her the cancer spread and was now terminal.
At eight months pregnant, Bridges delivered her daughter, Paisley, so she could begin treatment. After multiple rounds of chemotherapy, Bridges was given less than a year to live.
“The thought that I’m not going to see her grow up is really hard,” the 24-year-old mom told CBS Los Angeles.
Despite the situation, Bridges does not regret her decision to refuse treatment for Paisley.
“Maybe I’m not supposed to be here and she is,” Bridges said.
Bridges’ family, friends and fiance all help take care of Paisley. They also set up a GiveForward account to help pay medical costs incurred during treatment.
The 24-year-old mom also posts updates on the fundraising page. Her latest update was about “great news.”
Just got the call from my doctor about my recent scans … Im crying im so happy , it hasn’t spread to my legs like we thought and the ones in my head haven’t grown and the one that was causing me to blind seems completely gone .The ones in my hips and lower spine have grown so little there really isn’t a difference !!!! Thank GOD