MANCHESTER, England — A woman in the United Kingdom who refused her doctor’s advice to abort after she was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant has given birth to healthy twins.
Holley Tierney, 25, was 23 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Doctors originally thought she only had a pulled muscle, but when she pressed for further assistance, scans revealed a cancerous mass in her chest.
Tierney was consequently advised to abort so that she could begin chemotherapy treatments. She refused, feeling her children kicking inside of her.
“I knew there was no way I could terminate my pregnancy when I felt them kick,” she told the Daily Mail. “My maternal instincts had already kicked in.”
Doctors then suggested that Tierney give birth as early as possible so treatment could begin sooner than later.
“Once doctors realized I wasn’t haven’t a termination, they kept pushing for them to be born premature,” she recalled, “but I wanted my twins to reach 30-weeks before I had a Caesarean.”
“But at 29 weeks, doctors said I shouldn’t wait any longer as my cancer could spread and I needed to start chemotherapy,” Tierney continued.
She gave birth in August to a boy and a girl, Harlow and Havana, weighing approximately thee pounds each.
“It was the happiest day of my life when my babies were delivered safely,” Tierney said. “It was definitely a risk worth taking. All I cared about was their health.”
Both babies were released from the hospital at 11 weeks and are in good health.
Tierney is now undergoing chemotherapy treatments and is awaiting results to see if she is improving.