- A mother from the UK was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 16-weeks pregnant with her daughter.
- Gemma Nuttall turned down pregnancy termination and chemotherapy to save her baby.
- Treatment was successful after Penelope’s birth but cancer returned and spread causing Nuttall’s early death.
Gemma Nuttall of Lancashire, UK, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 16-weeks pregnant. She was then given the option to have a termination so she could begin cancer treatment. But Gemma delayed the life-saving chemotherapy until after she gave birth to her daughter Penelope.
After months of exhausting chemotherapy, Gemma was cleared of cancer. However, in 2017, she was told that her cancer had returned and spread.
Tributes have been paid to Gemma after she died on Oct. 14 after fighting cancer for five years. Even actress Kate Winslet has also spoken of her sadness after hearing the news of Gemma’s death. The actress helped pay for Gemma’s cancer treatment after learning her story.
Winslet and Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio auctioned off three “Jack and Rose” date nights – named after the couple they played in the hit movie.
The 43-year-old actress has described Gemma’s death as “tragically sad” and added she was “a beacon of strength” and “my heart breaks for her mum and daughter'”.
Winslet’s mother was going through the same cancer treatment at the same time when she came across Gemma’s fundraising page online.
Gemma’s mother, Helen Sproates, has set up a Facebook page for her memories after she was transferred to Pendleside Hospice earlier this month.
Ms. Sproates invited all of Gemma’s friends and family to leave messages and memories which could be shared in Gemma’s last days and cherished forever by Gemma’s now four-year-old daughter Penelope.
Ms. Sproates wrote:
“Gemma touched so many people’s lives and it’s only at times like this you begin to realize how well thought of she was from all the beautiful comments people are leaving for her on her Facebook page ‘gemmasmemories’.
“She was always putting others before herself. She was a kind and thoughtful daughter with a caring nature which obviously came across to her friends as well.
“We simply ran out of treatment options and the immunotherapy she received here in the UK just didn’t work – the cancer was too aggressive and widespread.
The family has created the Gemma Rose Foundation so they can reach out to others going through similar pain.
Ms. Sproates said: “Supporting Penelope and working on Gemma’s foundation that we are forming with the help of Kate Winslet to help raise money for young parents with cancer will keep us busy.”
Gemma’s mom added that her daughter’s funeral is on October 30 at Accrington Crematorium where the family will be celebrating her life.
Source: Sunday Mirror