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British Mum Gave Her Life to Save Son

As mothers we do all we can for our kids, but Lorraine Allard gave her life to save her unborn son. Diagnosed with advanced cancer while she was four month pregnant with her fourth child, the 33-year-old mother of three girls — Leah,10, Amy, 8, and Courtney, 20 months — refused her best chance of survival to abort her son to start chemotherapy. A recent article in Daily Mail said:

Instead, with steadfast courage, she insisted on waiting long enough to give her unborn son a chance to survive, telling her husband Martyn: "If I am going to die, my baby is going to live."

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The expectant mom went in to premature labor at 25 weeks and the family of five welcomed their addition — lil Liam on November 18, 2007. Though she began treatment after delivering, Lorraine passed away two months later on January 18.

Her husband Martyn, 34, said his wife had strength for the both of them. He said:

"Towards the end we knew things weren't going well, but she was overjoyed that she had given life to Liam."

Though Lorraine made the ultimate sacrifice for her son, she told her husband, she didn't want their son, who is expected to go home from the hospital in March to feel bad that she died.


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KateMcElroy KateMcElroy 9 years
This is my auntie. and i strongly suggest you dont believe everything you read,in newspaper or on internet sights. My heart is braking because of some of the stuff i have read on the internet calling my auntie selfish i just hope my cousins dont ever get to read these. My auntie was going to die in the months.she wasnt going to get years. My cousins knew there mummy was going to die no matter what happend,they was given every minute wth there mum they could get. Hope was all we had. My cousins are surronded in love,and they are very happy. And they love there brother very much who is now doing wonderfully at home. And they sit around and tell him stories about there mum,so he will never forget her. If you are righting hatred anywhere can you atleast take into thought her children might see this,me as just her niece,i am really angry if you have nothing nice to say dont say it all. My auntie was the most amazing woman ive ever known,and we miss her alot,not a day goes by where we dont talk about her. heartbroken niece.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
i also have mixed feelings about this, awed at this mothers love for an unborn child, but sad for the 3 kids that she already had and lost because of this choice.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
I have a friend whose mother did the same thing some 30 years ago. I think it was the right decision for her, but for me, I would choose to try and fight for the current kids I have.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
bingkaycoy--I find you anti-choice rant to be somewhat insulting, but mostly confusing. Who are the "selfish teenage brats" to which you refer? Do you mena to imply that some only certain pregnancies involve "innocent unborn babies"? To me you have devalued this mother's bravery.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
Truly a tragic story. Any decision under such circumstances must have been heart wrenching for this mother. My sympathy to the family.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
bingkaycoy: i think cases like these are not the norm and shouldn't be categorized with "teenage brats"
onabanana onabanana 9 years
Sad. Its a difficult and very personal decision. There's no right or wrong answer to this question but I think I wouldn't have made the choice she did if I had three other very young children to take care of. I hope those children know that their mother loved them very much.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
not to mention her husband
chancleta chancleta 9 years
a difficult decision a courageous choice but part of me has to wonder - if i was in that position i might choose to be there for the 3 instead of not being there for 4
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
I don't know how to feel about this. I think yes, how unselfish and courageous, but is it really? I think my family would feel abandoned. Especially my husband. I can't imagine what I would do in this situation. It's not a decision I would ever wish anyone to have to make. All I can figure is that when you have to make a desicion like this you make it the best you can going by your beliefs and feelings. It also makes me wonder if the other children would have a sense of resent toward the baby as many young children probably would not fully understand her decision until much older. And even then may not be able to accept it.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
It's a sad story but it's a strong courageous act of morals and values. Today's world is so warped and wicked with so many selfish would-be mothers choosing abortion over the "importance of their lives and bodies". Especially, in this country, the USA where moral values are disintegrating and even lives of unborn babies are terminated just for the sake of the mother's self-preservation. We do not have a right to decide whether a human life is to be aborted especially "unborn innocent babies" but that's exactly what America does----promoting and tolerating this practice even to "careless teenage brats".
Buffy Buffy 9 years
So sad
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 9 years
It must be excruciating on her lose his wife, even though he probably adores this baby boy, and to be reminded of her sacrificing herself everyday. And to have to raise his four kids by himself. God! It's so terrible, you hear of more and more children losing a young parent because of cancer everyday.
kgtkgt kgtkgt 9 years
Sad. 4 kids lost a mom who made a brave decision. I have mixed feeling about her choice but no one can stand in another's shoes.
MotoLinz MotoLinz 9 years
Tragic. This breaks my heart. :cry:
ellipsery ellipsery 9 years
I agree with you, LilRuck. I definitely have mixed feelings. I keep thinking about those poor children she left behind so that she could continue on with her pregnancy. I lost a parent at a young age as well, and I fear that those children who were already born will have a lot of mixed feelings about the situation.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years you think this story's comment section is an appropriate place to talk about celebrity pregnancy rumors?
meowtomekitty meowtomekitty 9 years
omg that is sooo sad! i was on x17 and they comfirmed that angelin jolie is having twins
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I think I would be afraid that the little boy would feel so much guilt growing up, or maybe not so much guilt but pressure to become something wonderful. And if he ever "messed up" or took a wrong path, would the older sisters resent him? Not saying they SHOULD... but when you're young, things like that go through your mind. I wonder if she tried anything else? Chemotherapy isn't the only way to stop and reverse cancer.
starbright14 starbright14 9 years
This is so tragic.... having just lost my mother to cancer, I just think this is so so sad. They told my mom in August she would probably live 5 more years... only to have her pass away in November. Yes, it's tragic that she died, but I think that this little boy will grow up knowing that his mother wanted to have him so much. This is just too too sad. Far too many young women are dying from cancer.
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 9 years
Yeah I have very mixed feelings too. I feel pretty strongly that you have to think of the children who are already HERE but this is not MY situation or MY decision so I respect what she did.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I regret I have mixed feelings about her decision.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Fashion doll, I was wondering the same thing. But she must have been hopeful that she would survive and also save her son. Can't imagine being in that position and having to decide.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
This happend with one of my mother's friends. She went into remission though. It's sad. I saw my mother suffer through IBC and know that she had a very small chance at survival. I know what it feels like to lose a mother. And I've struggled with this myself... knowing how sick she was and what she went through.... and thinking about motherless children and what would I do. As a nurse we were taught by an insrtuctor that was very much quality of life over quantity..... It's a hard choice
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
What an impossible choice - save your unborn child or try to fight to save yourself for your other children. I would think a woman that made either choice should be commended for her courage.
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