Mother refuses life-saving treatment in sacrifice for unborn daughter

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WILDOMAR, Calif. — A California woman made the ultimate sacrifice for her unborn daughter when she refused life-saving bone cancer treatment while pregnant.

Ashley Bridges was 10 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. Doctors recommended she immediately start chemotherapy, however the treatment would have required Bridges to terminate the pregnancy.

Bridges chose her unborn daughter over treatment.

“There’s no way I could kill a healthy baby because I’m sick,” Bridges told CBS Los Angeles.

When Bridges was eight months pregnant, doctors told her the cancer had spread. Bridges said that’s when doctors told her the cancer was terminal.

At eight months pregnant, doctors told Bridges she had to deliver the baby, Paisley, immediately so she could begin receiving treatment.

Despite multiple rounds of chemotherapy since her delivery, she was told she only has a year to live.

“The thought that I’m not going to see her grow up is really hard,” a tearful Bridges told CBS Los Angeles.

Friends and family have helped Bridges care for Paisley during the day. Bridges’ fiance, who is in the military, takes the night shift.

Despite the harsh realities of the situation, Bridges said she has no regrets.

“Maybe I’m not supposed to be here and she is,” Bridges said, referring to Paisley.

Friends and family have set up a GiveForward page for Bridges’ family. Here’s the latest update from Bridges:

“Just got the call from my doctor about my recent scans … I’m crying I’m so happy. It (the cancer) hasn’t spread to my legs like we thought, the (tumors) in my head haven’t grown and the one that was causing me to go blind seems completely gone. The ones in my hips and lower spine have grown so little there really isn’t a difference!!!! Thank GOD”

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4 comments

  • Roz

    Her body her choice, that is pro-choice rather you agree or not, it’s not your problem it’s her decision.

  • Ti10

    This lady is incredible. Mom of the year sounds more than fitting to me. I hope the cancer continues to pull back and surprise the docs everyday.

  • Jeremiah 1:5

    I see Roz and her pro-abortion obsession had to sneak in. Once again, Roz, the baby has her own body. She’s not an appendage or organ of the mom’s body. But go ahead and spew your hateful opinion. Not everyone hates and wants to murder the most innocent of all humans. Not everyone shares your self-centered views.

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