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.
“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”