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Mom forced to choose between cancer treatments and giving birth to her baby, makes her choice!

At just 17 weeks into her pregnancy, Brianna received devastating news. Doctors diagnosed her with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia, placing her life in immediate danger. Despite being a young eighteen-year-old, Brianna faced an unimaginably difficult decision.

The medical professionals presented her with two options: terminate the pregnancy and focus on fighting life-threatening cancer or delay treatment and continue carrying her unborn baby. Throughout her battle with the disease, Brianna, supported by her husband Jackson, remained resolute in her determination to stay positive for her unborn child.

She endured excruciating pain, debilitating fevers, and the constant fear of transmitting infections to her baby boy, Kyden. Described as a miracle by family members, Kyden was delivered prematurely through an emergency C-section, three months before the anticipated due date. Tragically, after a brief but cherished twelve days with Kyden, he succumbed to a severe stomach infection that overwhelmed his tiny body’s defenses.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Brianna expressed the profound significance of those twelve days, where she held Kyden, counted his fingers and toes, and spoke to him as she had during her pregnancy. The loss of her son to the infection shattered her heart, and she described those twelve days as the best of her life. She shared the devastating news, saying, “The infection took his precious life, and our son grew his wings.”

Despite the unbearable grief of losing Kyden, Brianna resolved to keep fighting. However, her health took a severe turn for the worse, and tragically, she passed away shortly after her nineteenth birthday. Her online obituary serves as a testament to her memory, stating, “You were many things.

Forgotten will not be one of them. We will love you forever, Queen B.” Left behind to navigate the overwhelming grief of losing his beloved wife and newborn son within months of each other, Jackson has come forward to honor their memory and make a solemn vow to cherish them always. The story of Brianna’s courageous decision to delay cancer treatment in order to give birth to their son has touched the hearts of many, highlighting the immense sacrifices she made for her family.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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