A miracle baby who survived cancer treatment in the womb was born happy and healthy just five weeks after her mum finished chemotherapy.
Mum Jennifer Davies was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma after spotting a lump in her neck when she was eight weeks pregnant.
The 32-year-old thought the lump was due to pregnancy hormones, but a friend from work urged her to go the GP straight away.
Jennifer was left frightened she could lose her baby after discovering she had cancer just two weeks later.
“It was terrifying,” said Jennifer who works as an engineer at Rolls Royce.
“I was scared I was going to lose my baby and be left infertile by the treatment.
“Thankfully she was healthy and just perfect. She really is our miracle baby.”
Jennifer, from Hall Green, noticed a lump on her neck in December 2015 - a common symptom of Hodgkin Lymphoma.
After visiting her GP and she was referred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where doctors told her the devastating news that she had cancer.
“I spotted a lump just above my collar bone while out shopping but I thought it might be pregnancy hormones so I dismissed it completely,” said Jennifer.
“I went to work and mentioned it to a friend who said she would tell my mum if I didn’t visit the GP.
“I went and, to my surprise, I was referred to the QE hospital on the two-week fast track referral system.
“I went in for the results in the week before Christmas and I knew it was bad news as there were lots of people in the room.”
Jennifer’s consultant explained that if they delayed treatment until the second trimester of her pregnancy her baby would be less affected by chemotherapy as she would have her own blood supply.
“As there are so few cases, there are no definitive answers, so there was still a risk I could lose the baby,” added Jennifer.
“At 16 weeks we were able to listen to the baby’s heartbeat and I burst into tears.
“They were looking after us very closely with scans every few weeks to check the baby was okay. My husband Scott was a complete rock.”
Five weeks after baby Sophia was born tests showed Jennifer had gone into remission.
Now the mum-of-one will be at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life on May 20 to highlight the pioneering work that saved her life and her daughter’s.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the research which means I can spend precious moments with my daughter,” said Jennifer.
“That’s why I want to get behind Race for Life. It’s a great way for women to come together and help make a real difference.”
Jennifer and Sophia will be guests of honour at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life on Sunday May 20 at Cannon Hill Park.
Jennifer will speak on stage and sound the starter horn for more than 1,700 women setting off on a 5k or 10k route.
To enter Race for Life today visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.