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Mum beats rare placenta cancer and walks again

Bally Taylor developed a rare form of cancer during pregnancy but proved doctors wrong after she was told she would lose the use of her legs

Posted: 18 June 2012
by Sophie Westnedge
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Bally Taylor defied the odds to walk again after developing a rare form of cancer while pregnant

A woman suffering from an extremely rare form of cancer while pregnant, who was told she would never walk again, has made a miraculous recovery.

Bally Taylor suffered from a condition so rare that only six other women in the world have been affected by it, reports the Daily Mail.

Bally was told by doctors the pain she was experiencing was caused by a placenta cancer that would eventually leave her paralysed.

The 37-year-old went to the doctor when she first started to get back pains while pregnant with her daughter. She was initially told the baby pressing on a nerve in her back was causing her pains.

“The pain was crippling. I was in floods of tears and it really was unbearable,” she said.

“Because I was three months pregnant I didn’t want to take any painkillers apart from paracetamol so I had to struggle on through the pregnancy.”

"I’d never had a baby before, so I went with what the doctors said and hope the pressure would be released when my baby was born,” she said.

Bally was rushed into hospital at seven months pregnant after her back pains became so severe she couldn’t walk.

“I was seven months pregnant and didn’t have a clue what was happening to me and the doctors said they were going to perform and emergency caesarean,” Bally explained.

Baby Amara was born safe and well, despite weighing just three pounds, but Bally went into a coma for three days. The doctors ran extensive tests and discovered she was suffering from a rare cancer that develops in the womb, called Choriocarcinoma of the Placenta. One in 40,000 women are affected by this condition,  usually after a failed pregnancy, making Bally’s condition even rarer as it occurred during her pregnancy.

“It was crushing. I’d just woken up from a coma, had seen my baby for the first time and then was told that I needed an operation that would save my life but would also leave me paralysed,” she said.

Bally underwent chemotherapy, physio operations and has been told the cancer is now in remission and she’s learned to walk again.

“I was determined not to give in. I fought hard and I had to learn to do everything all over again as well as raising my baby,” Bally said.

“It goes to show if you want something bad enough you will get it.”

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