A 37-year-old mother who had her baby three months early so she could start cancer treatment has passed away.
Gemma Collins from Northumberland had gone through many rounds of IVF treatment to become a mother. She was over the moon when she finally became pregnant with her precious daughter.
But during her pregnancy, Gemma was diagnosed with sarcoma.
Her daughter Phoebe had to be born three months early so Gemma could start cancer treatment.
Gemma and Phoebe seemed to be making an amazing recovery until doctors found tumors in her head.
The 37-year-old mother passed away less than a week after being told tumors had spread to her heart.
Gemma’s mother, 61-year-old Margaret Bateman, said: “Everything just happened so quickly. They were going to operate on June 1 but couldn’t because one of the tumours was too big.
“She had three lots of chemo and got the results of another scan last Monday. They said one of the tumours had grown on her heart and there another one at the front.
“Gemma was very tired, very exhausted and getting a little bit confused, and by Thursday I could see a terrible change in her.
“She went into hospital at Cramlington and her organs were closing down. She tried, and fought so much, but her body was so exhausted.”
“It’s just devastating, absolutely devastating,” Margaret added. “Phoebe was her life, and Gemma was complete when she was born. It was what she was waiting for, and Phoebe is such a little miracle.
“We’re so grateful to all the staff on Ward 35 at the Freeman Hospital, who treated Gemma’s cancer. They did everything they possibly could for her.”
Gemma passed away with her family around her. She left behind husband Anthony, daughter Phoebe, and brothers Craig and Tony.
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