A 19-year-old mom died from leukemia just months after losing her newborn son after she delayed her cancer treatments to deliver him.
Brianna Rawlings, of Sydney, Australia, spent just 12 days with her baby boy, Kyden, before he died after being born at just 26 weeks in September, according to a GoFundMe page set up for the family. Rawlings was diagnosed with leukemia and decided to delay intense chemotherapy treatments in an attempt to carry Kyden safely to term.
“Without hesitation, [Rawlings] chose to halve her own chances of survival in order to give her son a fighting chance with as much time as possible – womb side,” friends and family wrote on the page.
“For 12 whole days this beautiful little miracle graced his mum and dad with his presence. [Twelve] short but magical and treasured days, before tragically; growing his angel wings and leaving such devastated and broken parents behind.”
Photos of the deliver showed Rawlings holding the tiny little boy and smiling. She celebrated the birth in a Facebook post, writing, “Nothing makes me happier than watching my son grow bigger and stronger!”
In the months following Kyden’s death, Rawlings underwent “heavy” chemotherapy and radiation therapy as well as a cell transplant. But, ultimately, the treatments failed to keep her alive.
On Dec. 29, Rawlings died “surrounded by many broken hearts.”
“Our Beautiful Brianna reached the end of her journey with us here on earth and was finally reunited with her Baby Bear Kyden,” the family wrote in an update.
“We are absolutely broken but at the same time at peace knowing she is no longer in pain, no longer in pieces and unsure of what news was to come next.”
Rawlings was just 17 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with the deadly blood cancer, according to The Epoch Times. She contracted an infection that could have passed to the baby, so she gave birth three months early via C-section. Although her health seemed to be improving at one point, Rawlings died just days after turning 19, the publication reported.
Rawlings’ sister, Kourt Rawlings, shared updates about her sister on Facebook. Just days before she gave birth, Rawlings vowed to keep fighting for her little one.
“I have been fighting NK Leukaemia, whilst growing a little human inside me,” Rawlings said in a statement shared on Kourt’s Facebook page.
“I will continue to fight not only for myself, but for my ever growing baby boy who has given me the strength and energy Ive needed to fight this.”