Proud mom gently kisses her miracle baby in powerful moment after surviving breast cancer during pregnancy
This is the powerful moment when a mother gently kisses her miracle baby after having a successful pregnancy while being treated for breast cancer.
By Logan Wamsley
There are few, if any, greater joys in life than becoming a parent, but no one denies the road getting there can be challenging.
For 36-year-old Jade Devis and her baby boy, Bradley, the road proved more difficult than anyone could have ever imagined — as she approached her due date, she had to undergo treatment for breast cancer.
“My baby boy is my miracle child,” Devis said in a press release issued by the Loma Linda University of Health.
“It is surreal to remember that my pregnancy had an element of extraordinary fear. I am blessed when I look at my son, and I cannot ask for more than that.”
In the early stages of her pregnancy, Devis visited a physician to express concern about a large lump she found on her breast. After being referred to a radiologist, Devis was told that the lump was just a symptom of her pregnancy and was nothing to be concerned about.
For confirmation, however, Devis asked for a biopsy. What they found would change her life forever. The lump was discovered to be Stage 2 negative breast cancer — one of the rarest forms of breast cancer.
Devis thoughts immediately went to her child. The doctors warned that at the early stages of her pregnancy that a healthy birth could not be guaranteed and if she wanted to continue on, the help of a specialist would be required.
“I did not know how I felt about the pregnancy until I was told I should not continue my pregnancy,” Devis said.
“That is when something rose up inside of me — I wanted to keep my baby because I would not allow a stranger to tell me my child’s fate.”
She decided to keep her child, come what may.
Devis’ treatment included a lumpectomy, as well as several rounds of chemotherapy under the watch of specialist Gayathri Nagaraj, MD, and her team of pharmacists, dietitians, nurses, social workers, and high-risk obstetricians.
“Going through chemotherapy is tough for anyone, and we do our very best to support our patients in every way we can at Loma Linda University Cancer Center,” Nagaraj said.
“In Jade’s situation we had to be doubly cautious and alert to ensure the safety of the patient and the baby. I am extremely glad to be working with an amazing team who all came together to make this possible.”
Against all odds, in July 2019 Devis gave birth to a healthy boy she named Bradley. Although Devis still must undergo her final round of infusion therapy before finishing treatment, Nagaraj’s team is confident that she will be cancer-free soon and ready to live a long and happy life with her son.
“Loma Linda University Cancer Center team gave me more than my son,” Devis said. “They picked up my spirit and rejuvenated my soul.”