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Young Mom, 26, Fights Deadly Cancer Caused By Pregnancy With Twin Girls

Mon, March 17, 2014 10:44am EDT by Lauren Cox 7 Comments
Army Wife Pregnancy Cancer
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A young mother is fighting for her life after being diagnosed with a rare pregnancy-related cancer that has left her body filled with tumors and covered in lesions. Jenna Hinman’s twin girls were delivered nine weeks early by emergency c-section, and she is now in a medically-induced coma, receiving treatment that her family prays will save her life. A heartbreaking story.

Jenna Hinman, 26, has been diagnosed with a rare cancer that only affects every 1 in 160,000 pregnant women.

Young Mom Diagnosed With Pregnancy Cancer

On March 3, US Army Sgt. Brandon Hinman called 911 when his pregnant wife, 26-year-old Jenna Hinman, suddenly couldn’t breathe. The expecting mom was rushed to the Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York where her twin daughters, Kinleigh and Azlynn, were delivered nine weeks early at just 3lbs each by an emergency c-section.

Soon after giving birth, Jenna’s condition became worse when she started coughing up blood. Doctors originally thought Jenna had pneumonia, but later diagnosed her with choriocarcinoma after finding that her body was covered in tumors and lesions. A chest infection caused by tumors in her lungs has caused internal bleeding and is causing her scary respiratory issues.

On March 6, doctors put Jenna into a medically induced coma and she is left fighting for her life while receiving heavy doses of chemotherapy. Jenna is also on an ECMO machine, which removes her blood, oxygenates it, and then pumps it back into her body.

Brandon splits his time between sitting at Jenna’s bedside and visiting his twin daughters in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Choriocarcinoma Starts In Placenta

The extremely rare cancer that Jenna is suffering from is only know to affect pregnant women. The cancer forms in the placenta and quickly spreads throughout the body. Dr. Wiley Bunn, an oncologist at Crouse Hospital, has told the media that this type of cancer is only seen in fewer than one in 160,000 cases.

The treatment Jenna is receiving is costing the family a shocking amount of money — over $1oo,000 a day. Because of this, the family has started a Go Fund Me campaign where they have already raised over $59,000 to put towards the cost of Jenna’s treatment. Their current goal is $1,000,000.

Jenna’s husband Brandon has not given up hope just yet.

“My hope is that my wife stands up, holds my hand, we have the girls and we walk out of this hospital,” he told CNY Central.

— Lauren Cox

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