Mother of the Year finalist refused abortion, delayed leukemia treatment until daughter’s birth

.- According to a report on Lifesitenews.com, Sarah Peck, a 31 year-old British mother, postponed treatment for leukemia when her diagnosis and eagerly-awaited third pregnancy were confirmed on the same day in 2004.

Peck said it was their hematologist’s agreement to manage the pregnancy that turned their decision away from abortion, or “termination” as it is called in England. "It's because he agreed to manage the pregnancy that we decided to go ahead,” she said.

The Pecks were informed, however, that delay could cause difficulties in treating Sarah’s illness. Dr. Simon Rule, a consultant hematologist at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital, said, “If you delay (treatments) then the risk you run is that it can become acute at any time.”

After the birth of baby Charlotte on March 19, 2005, Peck was treated with bone marrow stem cells from her sister, Vicky. Last week, while the Peck’s celebrated Charlotte’s first birthday, Sarah was informed that she was in the final five picks for the Daily Mail’s Mother of the Year award.

“What I am really looking forward to now is spending quality time with my children. My family has always come first but now even more so. Every day is a gift now,” she told the BBC.

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