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Mum sees her daughter’s sixth Christmas thanks to lifesaving surgery at The Christie

A mum who was given a terminal cancer diagnosis is looking forward to having a special sixth Christmas with her daughter this year.

Charlotte Ward, who is 36, feared she would never see her daughter’s first Christmas, let alone the sixth, until surgeons at The Christie in Manchester offered her life-saving surgery.

Charlotte, a staff nurse from Halifax, was pregnant when doctors first discovered her cancer. They operated on her 22 weeks into the pregnancy to remove her right ovary and fallopian tube, despite the odds miracle baby Isabella was born!

However, after she gave birth they discovered her cancer had spread and this is where they found she had the rare 'Pseudomyxoma Peritonei', this affects just one in 1.7 million people. They offered Charlotte cytoreductive surgery and a special type of chemotherapy commonly known as 'HIPEC'.

Charlotte has had five operations in the last seven years - three of them being 'HIPEC' procedures at The Christie.

Charlotte and six-year-old daughter Isabella (Izzy) took part in the annual Santa Run at Old Trafford on 4th December, to thank The Christie for making it possible. Together, they raised more than £1,450 for The Christie.

Charlotte & Izzy Credit: The Christie

“When I was told about this devastating, debilitating and life threatening cancer, I feared I would never make it to Isabella's first birthday or Christmas, buy her first pair of shoes or get to see her first day at school,”

“But, thanks to the experts at The Christie who gave me the life saving surgery I needed to fight this horrible disease, I have been able to do all those things and so much more.”

– Charlotte Ward