Thursday, September 27, 2007

Another Gianna Molla

A Melbourne GP refused high-level chemotherapy, ultimately sacrificing her life to save her unborn daughter.

Dr Ellice Hammond, 37, lost her battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma three weeks after daughter Mia Ellice was born nine weeks prematurely at the Monash Medical Centre, where she remains in neonatal intensive care.

Dr Hammond was diagnosed in the 22nd week of pregnancy and refused high-level chemotherapy that could have saved her but might have killed Mia.

Dr Hammond had three reduced-strength chemotherapy treatments during the pregnancy, but the cancer returned worse than before each time and full-strength treatments following Mia's birth did not save her.

Husband, Peter Wojcik said he was proud of his wife's devotion to their child.
“It feels like I got robbed of a wife and a mother,” he said.
“But she would just want what is best for Mia and for everyone to love her and carry on with life."

1 comment:

bill bannon said...

What an awesome anecdote. I will pray for the husband more than for the wife since she is probably on the fast track to seeing God face to face but I won't neglect to pray for her too.