Posted on May 07, 2014

A young mom, only twenty-six years old, was ecstatic after finding out that the delivery of her twins had gone well. But that happiness was too short lived.

ABC news reports on a young mom's battle with a rare placental cancer following delivery.

The young mom had contracted pneumonia through the cancer battle and unfortunately died from complications.

The hospital issued a statement saying, “We are heartbroken and our hearts go out to her family. She touched so many people from around the country.” The young mom...from Syracuse NY, had recently delivered the babies (twin girls) on March 3rd. After the C-section her doctor quickly realized she was battling stage 3 choriocarcinoma.

“The twins, who were delivered premature at 30 weeks (2 pounds, 9 ounces, and 3 pounds, 6 ounces, respectively), remained in the neonatal intensive care unit for six weeks, but today are thriving. Choriocarcinoma is a malignant form of gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD), tumors that involve abnormal growth of cells inside a woman's uterus. This particular kind affects only about 2 to 7 of every 100,000 pregnancies in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Choriocarcinoma is much more likely than other kinds of GTD to grow quickly and spread to organs away from the uterus. About one-quarter of women who develop this disease miscarry...she had been fighting for her life in a medically induced coma for the past two months as the rare cancer filled her lungs with tumors,” according to ABC.

It is unclear what treatment regimen the patient was on.

ABC reports that the ...Chief of medicine for Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, told in March that her cancer was serious but ‘curable’. The young woman's friends issued a statement saying she beat the cancer in a way almost no one ever does. "The type of cancer she had almost always claims the life of the child, not the parent."



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