A Western Australian mother was just two hours away from giving birth to her second child when she was told she had a large tumour on her bowel.
While she had experienced symptoms Kim McConnell’s pregnancy meant doctors were unable to conduct the necessary tests at the risk of inducing early labour.
Two hours before giving birth to her son tests results came back revealing she had an 11-centimetre tumour about to perforate her bowel with even more bad news to follow.
“My surgeon had hoped it was localised and only stage two, but after the scan they said it was stage four and had spread to liver,” the 31-yer-old mum told the Daily Mail.
“I had surgery the following day where they removed a large part of my bowel and one of the two spots on my liver.”
The brave mum remains positive about her chances of beating the deadly cancer, combining regular chemotherapy appointments with natural treatments to cover all bases.
"It’s very confronting and you can mentally slide very quickly, so you need to get yourself out of the mental headspace of dying."
The Perth woman was told the tumour’s rapid growth was likely enhanced by her pregnancy hormones and has led her to encourage other expecting mothers to regularly check their bodies if they think something is miscue.
“Normally bowel cancer can take 10 years to develop... but in young people it can develop within three years,” she said.
Adding to the mental and physical woes, the young mum said the treatment was also financially detrimental to her growing family.
In an attempt to help the family with the financial burden friends set up a GoFundMe page to assist in working towards the family's goal of cure.