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“Maybe I’m not supposed to be here and she is:” Mother makes ultimate sacrifice for her unborn daughter

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CALIFORNIA (WITI) — 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, but the treatment would have required Bridges to terminate the pregnancy.

Bridges chose her unborn daughter over treatment.

Ashley Bridges and Paisley

Ashley Bridges and Paisley

“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 is terminal.

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

Despite multiple rounds of chemotherapy, 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,” Bridges said.

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 reality 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 … Im crying im so happy , it hasn’t spread to my legs like we thought and the ones in my head haven’t grown and the one that was causing me to 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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  • Dana

    You are living proof th a t god is all around us!! He performs miracles in us all the time!! God is good…u made a very selfless decision and I am so amazed at people like u!! Amen…and god bless

  • jenny

    This is a very touchy story. I hope the mom has a full recover and has many many years with this beautiful baby girl. cherish every moment of life, god bless you! <3

  • Diana

    You are looking at it all wrong….God gave her a decision to choose her life over her unborn child. The sacrifice she decided and God seen that. Now she is being healed. :)) what a blessing. God is Real!!!!!

    • Marg.

      If it is true that god is curing her because she is worthy, then what about those that die? A quick google search finds many women who died doing the same thing. I was actually looking for the MA woman who died I think last year, but instead found many examples of women who rejected cancer treatment while pregnant, and died. So my question is, why were they not worthy? Why didn’t god save them even as they made the same sacrifices as this woman? Your conclusion makes god sound heartless and haphazard to cast such judgement and kill so many women when there is no need.

  • C. Hughes

    Praying that every sign of cancer goes away. You did the ultimate sacrifice for that beautiful baby girl – you HAVE to be able to watch her grow, help choose out her first ballet slippers, and softball shoes (!), prom dress, and shop for her baby clothes when she is expecting. Praying hard for you.

  • bob

    if dope were legal she could’ve been healed by smoking it. its true. But Bil Oil and Big Pharma conspire to keep it illegal to reap profits

  • Barbara McKinney

    You are in Cali. I URGE you to contact Rick Simpson at PhoenixTears. Maybe you can watch her grow up. Please!!!

  • JT

    The good Lord takes care of those who care for his gifts. That and the fact, he has a purpose for these two angels here on earth.

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