Woman (22) dies after discovering her 'pregnancy' was late stage cancer
Published 15/03/2016 | 12:44
A 22-year-old woman has died after doctors thought her cancer may be a pregnancy.
An obituary stated Demi Wright, from Colchester, "died peacefully" after a short battle with the disease.
Her family told the Metro the makeup artist had a benign tumor in her liver as a child, and had checkups into her teens as a result.
She began experiencing a pain in her side in November of last year.
When she went to the doctor, they found she was emitting human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone emitted during pregnancy.
Doctors thought Demi Wright might be pregnant, and scheduled an ultrasound.
Her father told the Metro: “It was strange because she had been using the contraceptive pill and there were no other signs of her being pregnant
“I went to an ultrasound with her and they were looking to see what was happening.”
Doctors found no baby when they did the ultrasound, so scheduled more tests.
They eventually found Ms. Wright had a tumour on her liver, and it had spread all over her body.
Chris Wright said she never cried, even after learning her cancer was terminal.
He told The Metro: “I absolutely broke down and she patted the bed and told me to sit by her and she gave me a big hug and said, ‘It’s going to be okay,’
“She was a real trooper.”
Demi Wright died three weeks later.
Her boyfriend, Mitch Gregory, told the Daily-Gazette the family feels “robbed.”
“It needs to be stressed how much courage she had,” he said. “She’s our inspiration now.”
Her family have now set up a fundraiser, to raise money for cancer research.
Her cousin wrote on the page: "To be honest she didn't even have a chance. I do this every year and this year it's for Demi
"Join me for Cancer Research UK's Race for Life this year. Please join the fight by digging deep and sponsoring me - it's quick, easy and totally secure.
"Events like this are vital in funding Cancer Research UK's life-saving work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. By sponsoring me, we can unite and create an army that cancer can't ignore. By sponsoring me, we will beat cancer sooner."