A bittersweet moment for Daily Tele journalist Elle Halliwell, who’s just welcomed a healthy baby boy but must begin immediate treatment for cancer.
The 31-year-old gave birth to her first child with husband Nick, Tor Felix Biasotto, at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Tuesday night and was advised by doctors to start the chemotherapy she put on hold for the duration of her pregnancy right away.
“It will be in the next couple of days, sooner than we thought,” she told the Tele. “We were going to have a bit of time before (I started) but my levels have gone up a bit so they (doctors) are a bit more concerned than they were and that is why we had to have him at 36 weeks on the dot and not 37 so that I could start the treatment as soon as possible.”
Overjoyed with their early Xmas present, Elle posted a photo of Tor’s chubby little bubba legs to Instagram – and was flooded with well wishes.
Elle’s story has captured hearts around the whole bloody world: she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia (called chronic myeloid leukaemia, which is survivable but often requires four tablets a day for the rest of one’s life) in May, only to find out she was carrying their first child 48 hours later.
Rather than terminate to begin treatment – and against the advice of every medical professional – she decided to postpone chemo to push ahead with the pregnancy, risking her own life in the process.
“I thought about dying and it didn’t scare me as much as I thought it would – and I don’t know why,” she told 60 Minutes last month. “But I kind of thought ‘I’ve lived a really great, amazing life and I’m bringing life into the world now and if all goes well, then that’s amazing and if it doesn’t, I’ve done my best and it’s not meant to be.’”
If you missed the interview, here it is:
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) November 21, 2016
Congrats you three <3
Source: The Daily Telegraph.
Photo: Instagram / @ellehalliwell.