A Mother’s Love: “The baby saved me, now it’s my turn to save him.”
Phil and Kim Vaillancourt’s busy household with five children near Buffalo, New York went from the joyful adoption of three children to a devastating diagnosis in just four days, last December.
On December 23, the couple formally adopted their three foster children, ages 6, 7 and 10, making them permanent siblings to their two older children, ages 11 and 12. And Kim was pregnant with their 6th child. Life was wonderful – but Kim was sick.
Unable to keep food down over Christmas, she decided to go to the hospital, fearing that her baby wouldn’t get enough nutrition – and that’s where life forever changed. Doctors discovered she had two tumors that could have killed her and she was rushed into surgery. One tumor had grown to the front of her brain, and the other was dangerously close to her brain stem.
The official diagnoses is Gliobastoma – the fast-growing tumors are known to reappear within 8 to 12 weeks. They are in a race against time.
The baby boy, who they have named Wyatt Eli, is due April 12th. Kim is postponing the chemotherapy and radiation treatments until after her baby is born, to prevent the treatments from threatening his life. She has been undergoing MRIs every two weeks to check for any signs of new activity.
‘We’re praying a lot and trusting God through these next few weeks to keep these scans clean,’ Phil Vaillancourt said.
They believe the unexpected pregnancy was heaven-sent. She thought she simply had the flu, and the only reason she went to the doctor when she did was out of concern for her baby. The baby saved her life, they believe, and now Kim says she will do everything possible to save his life.
The plan is to begin treatment two weeks after his birth – and pray the tumors don’t reappear before then. The odds are still not good, however, as Glioblastoma is a very aggressive form of brain cancer. Even with treatment, doctors say patients have an average survival rate of 14 months.
The Vaillancourt family is not giving up. And a new baby is on the way.
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