Army wife Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo wasn't expecting to receive the news she did when she was admitted to a hospital four months into her pregnancy. The mom of one was experiencing severe abdominal pain, but other than that, she seemed perfectly healthy. But shortly after meeting with doctors, the mother-to-be learned she had a massive tumor covering half of her liver and that she had an aggressive liver cancer that gave her four months to live, tops.
In that moment, all Ruiz-Rojo wanted was for doctors to save her baby. But given the size and the location of the tumor, it was a task that seemed almost impossible. A team of medical experts put their heads together and decided an experimental radiation treatment was the best course of action, given the mom's situation. And at 32 weeks, Ruiz-Rojo gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Luke. The mom has turned down cancer treatments in an effort to not impair the days she has left with her family, and, tragically, her days are likely numbered. "I love spending time with my son; he’s beautiful," she said. "I'm so thankful for him."
To call Ruiz-Rojo brave is the understatement of the year -- she literally allowed doctors to experiment on her body for the sake of her growing baby. Nothing she did, or is doing, should be minimized at all, but at the same time, this heroic woman did what many other parents out there would likely do for their kids. When we become moms and dads, we, literally, are willing to sacrifice our lives for our children. Nothing supersedes the health and happiness of kids, and parents typically won't give a second thought to putting their little ones first in any given situation.
It really doesn't get much more heartbreaking than Ruiz-Rojo's story, and it's impossible not to hope and pray for a miracle for this family. But whatever happens, this amazing mother can rest-assured that her children will never, for a split second, doubt her eternal love for them.
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