I lost one twin in the womb after it turned into a tumour – now I’m fighting for my life

A MUM whose pregnancy sparked a life-threatening tumour is now fighting for life after giving birth to her son.

Darlene Lynch had what is called a molar pregnancy, the likely result of one baby not developing properly.


A molar pregnancy happens when the fertilisation of the egg by the sperm goes wrong.

This leads to the growth of abnormal cells or clusters of water filled sacs inside the womb.

In the UK, about 1 in 590 pregnancies is a molar pregnancy, with most being non cancerous.

Darlene, 32, and her partner, Nigel Bermingham, welcome a baby boy into the world in December last year, with doctors thinking he was initially a twin.

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But just ten weeks after Cillian's arrival, Darlene started having severe haemorrhaging.

She was rushed to hospital an told her newborn had likely had a twin which hadn't fully developed.

They were told initially it was precancerous, but then hit with the news the social worker from Ireland has a rare form of cancer.

Darlene is now battling choriocarcinoma while living in Australia, which affects one in 50,000 pregnancies.

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A GoFundMe page set up by her pals to cover costs as she gets treatment revealed the cancer has spread to her lungs.

However a scan in March showed the tumours have halved in size.

Darlene, who is originally from Croghan, County Offaly, Ireland, but moved to Australia in 2012, said: “When the oncologist said it was cancer, we were upset, my partner probably a lot more upset than I was because I was already kind of prepared.

“I think in my head I already thought it was cancer so was thinking of what to do next.

“I was half focused whereas my partner was still processing it and he felt quite helpless in it all, and when you’re looking on and it is a loved one you don’t know what to do.

“They aren’t 100 per cent sure if Cillian was a twin and it laid dormant and didn’t come up until after he was born, or if it was formed from part of the placenta.

CANCER FIGHT

“But they weren’t able to do a biopsy to determine this as my body had created four antibodies which means that I couldn’t get any blood transfusions for an operation.

“It is difficult to be a new mum and you do feel like that time has been taken away a little bit, and that can be hard."

Throughout her hospital visits for treatment, Darlene has encountered nurses who were left puzzled by the rare cancer, with many even having to Google what it was.

She wrote on an Instagram page set up to document her journey: "Everything regarding my pregnancy was normal, all scans was normal, bloods were normal everything went as planned.

"We’ve since been advised by doctors and consultants that it was a miracle Cillian was born ok and was safe during the pregnancy which is not always the case.

"We hold Cillian that bit more, longer and closer to us knowing he may not have been and we are so grateful for our beautiful healthy little boy.

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"My motivation for the next year is not only my beautiful son and Nigel but that first step off the plane at Dublin airport.

"The day I get to wrap my arms around my parents and family seem like a distant dream but it’s one I’m holding onto tightly."




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