UK Mother Who Refused Abortion Following Cancer Diagnosis Gives Birth to Twins

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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.

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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.

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  • Rebecca

    Never a reason for abortions. Thank you Holley for being a mature, responsible, willing to sacrifice for your children!!

    • Cosmic Mastermind

      Never? You are either ignorant, callous or arrogant.

  • Josey

    I will be praying for your recovery Holley and God bless you little ones, they are precious 🙂

    • wandakate

      I do believe there is an alternate way to treat cancer other than chemo and radiation which both contain poison. They say it does people more harm than good. My daughter was 43 when she had both and she was sooooo sick, she lost every strand of her beautiful hair and was weakened by the treatments in Georgia. They seem to do her more harm than good. I hope this won’t be the case for Holley.

  • Kandy

    Beautiful babies. They were worth the wait. I too pray fot you and your babies. May God Bless you and your babies!

  • Angel Jabbins

    How quick the doctors are to give up on the babies and encourage a woman in this situation to just abort. Thank God she didn’t listen and now has two beautiful babies who will be a true source of joy to her and her family and an inspiration to her as she undergoes her cancer treatments.

    • wandakate

      I’m not fond of traditional cancer treatments, and believe the alternative ones are much safer and not as deadly. One things for sure, these two precious little ones will sure give her a big reason to live, actually TWO reasons to live. Don’t give up. And the Dr.’s were wrong. I’m glad she didn’t get the abortion.
      Medicine and procedures is what it’s all about b/c that’s the nature of their business to make lots of $$$$.
      My Dr. prescribed for me 2 new high blood pressures medicines, and I decided to see if it would lower with just one of them so I stuck the other one in the cabinet, just in case. My blood pressure has dropped with just what I am now taking, the old one that I was on plus this one new one, better 2 than 3 since we were NOT designed to take synthetic medicine.
      I would prefer none or one, but two if that what it takes is better as I said than 3. They want people on more so they will earn more. The pharmaceutical companies pay them to write prescriptions for their drugs, so everybody has something to gain.
      I will take what I am taking and see how it goes. Just goes to prove we don’t always need all these drugs that they prescribe for us…