Friday 28 July 2017

Terminally ill 16-year-old hoping to give birth before she dies

Rihanna Truman hopes she will get to know her baby
Rihanna Truman hopes she will get to know her baby
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A 16-year-old girl is hoping she will give birth to her baby boy before she passes away from cancer.

Rihanna Truman from New Zealand has a rare form of cancer , which makes the risks associated with child birth unclear, according to Newshub.

"He's growing like a normal baby except he's a bit small, but that's normal for my health so they're not worried at all," Ms Truman told the news site.

Ms Truman discovered she had bone cancer at the age of 12 and despite surgery and treatment, her cancer was untreatable.

According to Newshub, when Ms Truman's family heard about her pregnancy earlier this year they advised her to abort or adopt the baby in order to focus on her treatment.

"If I die, I'm going to be happy. Because for me, I have lived my life and my son will hopefully be grateful that I chose to have him."

Ms Truman is booked in for a caesarean section next week and said if anything happens to her the baby will be looked after by her partner.

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