After years of trying for a baby, Jo Powell finally discovered that she was pregnant.
But her delight turned to despair days later when doctors found she had breast cancer and advised her to sacrifice her unborn childâ€™s life in order to save her own by beginning chemotherapy.
Mrs Powell defied the doctors, however, and refused to start the treatment until much later in her pregnancy, in a gamble that could have cost her her life.
Miraculously, she and her husband Richard are now celebrating with their young son, Jake, after being told that she has beaten the cancer.
Mrs Powell, 41, an office administrator, said yesterday: â€˜When I heard the word cancer my first thought was, â€œIâ€™m going to lose my baby.â€
â€˜It was like I was in a living nightmare. We had been trying for a baby for years, and we were convinced it wasnâ€™t goingÂ to happen for us, so Jake was so special.
â€˜I knew we couldnâ€™t give up on our baby. There was no way I was going to sacrifice him to save myself.