Pregnant Mom Refused Chemotherapy To Save Her Baby's Life!

Mon, October 17, 2011 6:17pm EST by 5 Comments

Warning: You might want to grab some tissues before reading this story about a mother’s sacrifice for her baby’s survival!

At age 41, Stacie Crimm was overjoyed to learn she was pregnant, something she had been told would never happen. However, that joy turned to fear for her child’s life when she was diagnosed with cancer. reported the touching story of a single mother and the difficult decision she had to make: her life or her child’s.

After Stacie began getting severe headaches and double vision, she knew something was wrong. “I’m worried about this baby,” she texted to her brother, Ray Phillips. She visited several doctors before discovering she had head and neck cancer. After some anguish, she decided to refuse chemotherapy and hope for the health of her yet-to-be-born baby.

On Aug. 16, she was taken to the hospital and her tumor began slowly taking her life. The unborn baby’s heart rate dropped, and Stacie’s own heart stopped. Doctors resuscitated Stacie and delivered 2-pound, 1-ounce Dottie Mae by C-section.

“Sister was dying right there,” Ray said. “She was gasping. The human body fights death.”

After several days, Stacie’s health began to improve and the family still held out hope. However, by Sept. 8 doctors said she was likely dying. And she still had not held baby Dottie.

Nurses Agi Beo and Jetsy Jacob knew it wouldn’t be right if Stacie never got to see the baby  for whom she had sacrificed her own life. “This baby was everything she had in this world,” Agi said. They did everything they could so that later that day Stacie could hold her daughter.

In a video interview, Ray describes the bond between the mom and her child. Three days later, Stacie died.

Because a father was never named, Ray and his wife Jennifer now have guardianship of Dottie. “I think she’s a miracle,” Jennifer said. “I just want to do right by her and do what Stacie asked.”

So moving! What do YOU think about this woman’s sacrifice, HollyMoms?

–Anna Moeslein

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Posted at 5:32 PM on October 21, 2011  

I knew this lady…. Shes a very heroic woman and she is an inspiration to our home town…. This lil girl girl will grow up knowing she had a great n loving mom that gave up her life for her childs life… U dont see this everyday but she was a small town country girl… Rip ms stacie crimm u will be very missed…

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Posted at 10:28 PM on October 20, 2011  

This is so Sad ! I can’t even imagine the pain of having to choose to save your life or your baby’s. this is the ultimate sacrifice.

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Posted at 3:10 PM on October 20, 2011  

These are the kinds of stories that truly touch my heart. There is nothing more precious than giving life to a baby. People need to learn from this woman. She was selfless and her baby is alive because of her! That baby will grow up and know what a loving and caring mother she had.

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Posted at 2:37 PM on October 18, 2011  


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Posted at 10:42 PM on October 17, 2011  

this is the kind of story you guys should be posting. how touching.

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