Pregnant mum with cancer chooses to amputate leg in desperate bit to save baby
Kathleen was surprised to learn that she was pregnant during a cancer MRI scan, and was told to choose between aborting the pregnancy or amputating her leg
A pregnant mum chose to give up her leg after being diagnosed with cancer to save her unborn baby.
Kathleen Osbourne, 28, was attending an MRI cancer scan when she was surprised to learn that she was four-months pregnant.
However unfortunately, she was told by staff that she would have to choose between her leg where the cancer was, and the pregnancy.
The discovery of the pregnancy meant that she would not be able to undertake chemotherapy, unless she chose to have an abortion.
Kathleen chose to amputate her leg to eradicate the cancer, which meant that her daughter Aida-May was born via a c-section.
Kathleen from Cambridgeshire, said: “I’m happy I made the decision to lose my leg because it gave me my daughter.
“If I’d not had my leg amputated then, I’d have lost her and I’d have been going through chemotherapy which might not even have saved my leg in the end anyway.
“I wouldn’t have her if I didn’t do it so it’s all been worth it. I’d always wanted a little girl after having my two boys first and now she’s here so I’m happy I did it.
“I told the boys that the Transformers are building me a new leg which they love – they keep asking when my Transformer leg will arrive and they think it’s very cool!”
Having first being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 11 after a painful lump on her right leg turned out to be osteosarcoma, she had chemotherapy for the bone cancer.
She had most of her kneecap removed as well as two metal rods inserted into her leg.
The cancer was kept at bay for 11 years, and in that time she welcomed two sons, Hayden, aged nine, and Leo, aged five.
However, the cancer returned in 2016 on her lungs.
She said: “Childhood cancer usually comes back within two or three years, but mine came back after 11.
“It was really rare, it’s not often they see that so they had to act quickly.”
She was given the all clear in March 2017 but just three and a half years later, another painful lump appeared on her leg that left her almost unable to walk.
It was during her cancer scan that she discovered that she was pregnant with Aida-May.
“It was really scary because then I immediately thought I was going to lose my baby. I’d only just found out about her and then I thought I was going to lose her,” she said.
“The doctors gave me two choices. They said I could either terminate my baby, have chemotherapy, have an operation and most likely lose my leg, or keep my baby and have my leg amputated straight away.
“They gave me a week to make the decision and told me the sooner I had the surgery, the better.
“My friend stayed with me that evening and I just cried a lot. I was really worried, I did a lot of crying, and my friend did a lot of crying with me.”
Aida-May was born eight-weeks premature in March, but is healthy and well.
Kathleen reflected: “As long as they have memories with me and they have as much fun with me as possible over however long we’ve got, then I’m happy.”