Already a mother of three, Cara Combs was pregnant with her fourth when she was diagnosed with cancer. She was given the choice either to treat the cancer immediately and lose the child, or to delay treatment at her own risk in order to give the baby a chance to be born. She chose to risk her life to save her child.
When she was already 23 weeks into her pregnancy, Cara Combs, 38, was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma by her doctor. In order to have the best chances at survival, her doctor recommended immediate treatment; but there was just one problem: she would have to end the pregnancy before she could undergo treatment. Already a mother of three, now with a fourth on the way, Combs of St. Louis decided it was more important to give the baby a chance at life, and so she decided to delay treatment until after the baby was born.
Cara Combs was pregnant when she was diagnosed with cancer.
On November 13, she shared her thoughts on the situation on a Facebook posting: “There is no good decision here”, Combs shared. “We will both be fighting for our lives and I feel incredibly guilty about that.”
Cara had been to see a dermatologist a year prior, and no signs of cancer were discovered.
According to a second Facebook posting, the Combs had originally been expecting the baby to arrive on December 7 (at the 28-week stage). The baby however, seemed to have other plans. On December 5th, Cara Combs gave birth to a premature but healthy girl. The baby weighed 2 pounds, 1.2 ounces.
The family called the young girl Shaylin, to be called ‘Shay’ for short. The Combs’ family photographer, Emily Lucarz Photography posted images of the little Shaylin on her Facebook page.
Baby Shaylin was born on December 5th, 2 days premature.
Unfortunately, there were complications after the birth—unrelated to her cancer—that required Cara to undergo a liver transplant in order to survive. Because of her diagnosed cancer however, she was not a viable candidate to receive an organ donation. Sadly, she passed away on December 8th, but not before she was able to meet young Shaylin for the first time. Before she passed, she shared on Facebook, “All I can say is enjoy every minute with your kids and don’t stress about little things.”
Cara’s husband shared his feelings of his late wife on the GoFundMe website, “She was the strongest person I ever met and the best wife and mother. She sacrificed everything so her legacy could live on. Thank you all for your support and prayers. She was my everything and always will be.”