Mum’s incredible sacrifice for daughter who has been given months left to live02/02/2020
A woman with terminal liver cancer has been thrown a transplant lifeline by her own mother.
Jenna Cameron, 30, from Aberdeen, has been given just months to live following a second terminal diagnosis.
She first fell ill from a rare form of cancer aged 10.
But now the mother-of-two could receive a portion of liver from a live donor, and her mum, Susan Evans, 51, has been identified as a potential match, Daily Record reports.
Susan said: "This is my chance to save my daughter's life. I have had my life, but she is only 30, she deserves to see her daughters grow, and to become a grandma herself in the future. If necessary my family could manage without me, but Jenna's babies need her."
Jenna said her family is worried about the outcome of the procedures but are hopeful.
She added: "My mum is amazing. She has always been there for my sister Hannah and me and, although Hannah is worried, we are all positive. Our mindset is that this is what is meant to be."
The operation will see Jenna's liver removed and replaced with up to half of her mother's liver. If all goes well, both women should go on to live normal lives.
There can be complications but Susan said she was ready to sacrifice her health so her daughter could live.
In 2018 Jenna who is mum to Aria-Skye, three, and Ivy-Rose, two, was told the liver cancer she had battled as a child had returned and she was later given the terrible news that it had become terminal.
The singer prepared herself and her children for the worst but initial tests have found Susan is a good blood match and it's hoped the operation could go ahead within months.
When Jenna was 10, doctors at Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital delivered the bombshell that she had hepatocellular carcinoma – a rare cancer in children – and had only four weeks to live.
Her life was saved then when surgeons removed three-quarters of her liver.
Susan said: "I have faced losing Jenna in the past. I cannot face losing her again. I am scared about the transplant. I have never been under the knife before but I have faith in the expertise of the surgeons."
Doctors at the specialist Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, originally said the transplant was not possible because of the high rate of "cancer markers" in Jenna's blood meant the risk of rejection was too great.
She was instead given an alternative procedure, known as radiofrequency ablation which uses electrical currents to tackle the growths and aimed at gaining her some extra time.
The treatment reduced the cancer's growth rate, and assessments made over several months have shown it has remained relatively stable, opening up a window of opportunity.
While a living donation from her mum is thought to be the most speedy and effective option, Jenna is also now on the general transplant waiting list for a whole liver from a deceased donor.
She is also eligible for a ground-breaking transplant trial being run by the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Susan will now have more blood tests, liver scans and a psychological assessment before the operations can go ahead. She said: "If everything goes well things should move pretty quickly."
Jenna, who is convinced a lifetime commitment to alternative remedies and treatments has helped to defy the odds so far, is now selling her record, Fearless, online under her stage name Cameron Jay to generate much-needed cash for her holistic care in the run-up to the transplant.
She said: "Cancer cannot keep me down. I have to keep going because I have two babies to think of."
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