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Mother With Cancer Sacrifices Her Life for Unborn Baby

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  • 2011 Dec 30
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December 30, 2011

When one teenage girl found out she was pregnant, she decided to forego chemotherapy treatment for brain and spine tumors so she could carry her baby to term and give birth -- a decision that ultimately led to her death, reports. Jenni Lake's baby boy was born Nov. 9, a month before her 18th birthday, and she passed away just 12 days later. "She told the nurse: 'I'm done, I did what I was supposed to. My baby is going to get here safe,'" said Diana Phillips, Jenni's mother. Jenni's family said she had always wanted to be a mother, and even in the final weeks of her pregnancy, as she grew weaker, she never showed regret for her decision. Though she lost her vision as the cancer took its course, as her son was placed beside her one last time, her final words were, "I can kind of see him."