‘Miracle’ baby born during mum’s cancer treatment

A mum has made medical history by becoming the first woman in Britain to give birth after having radiotherapy and chemotherapy during pregnancy


A UK mum has made history by giving birth to a healthy baby, despite going through cancer treatment during her pregnancy.


Sarah Best was wheeled straight from the radiotherapy ward into maternity after going into labour early. Three hours later she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

“I was expecting to have Jake at least a month after my treatment ended but I suddenly went into labour,” the 30-year-old child support officer from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, said.

“He is our mini-miracle – he is so special to us and thankfully is perfectly healthy. He is smiley and smart – I couldn’t be luckier.”

Sarah, who is married to CCTV installation engineer Steve, 30, was four months pregnant with their first child when she was diagnosed with mouth cancer.

Surgeons removed a 50p-sized tumour from her tongue. But after discovering that the cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes, they advised Sarah that it could spread further if she did not undergo radiotherapy – which could risk the health of her unborn baby.

“I was devastated when I was told I had cancer,” said Sarah. “I was really worried about the effect the radiotherapy could have on the baby.”

To protect Sarah’s growing bump, doctors had 1.5-tonne lead shields built. During daily 20-minute radiotherapy sessions at Coventry’s University Hospital, the shields were positioned on top of Sarah’s bump and against her side, to prevent radiation reaching the foetus. Sarah also underwent chemotherapy sessions in a bid to stop the cancer recurring.

Sarah was ecstatic when son Jake was born on April 28, and to add to her joy, she has now been given the all-clear from cancer.

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