First-time mother, 21, discovers she has brain cancer two days after giving birth because doctors mistook her violent vomiting for pregnancy symptoms
- Megan Lavery, from Ballieston, Glasgow, went to hospital with violent vomiting
- Hours after giving birth to baby Roan doctors discovered tumour after MRI scan
- Since undergone 4 operations yet there is nothing apart from limiting the growth
- The 21-year-old is undergoing intense course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy
A 21-year-old mother was diagnosed with brain cancer two days after giving birth to her first child.
Megan Lavery, from Ballieston, Glasgow, was admitted to hospital after a violent vomiting episode which doctors believed was related to her pregnancy.
A few hours after welcoming healthy baby Roan into the world, doctors discovered the tumour in Megan’s head after sending her for an MRI scan on August 13.
Megan Lavery, 21, from Ballieston, Glasgow with her boyfriend Paul Sweeney and baby Roan
The new mother has since undergone four operations however doctors have told Megan there is nothing more than can do apart from limit the growth.
In an effort to stop the tumour growing, Megan is undergoing an intense course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy five days a week at the Beaston cancer centre in Glasgow.
Since the diagnosis her family including boyfriend Paul Sweeney, who has given up his job as a caretaker to look after his family, Megan’s mother Denise and brother Andrew have launched a fundraising drive to support the young family.
A few hours after welcoming healthy baby Roan into the world, doctors discovered the tumour in Megan’s head after sending her for an MRI scan
‘Megan is being so strong it’s unbelievable,’ her mother Denise told The Daily Record.
The care manager, who is taking unpaid leave from work to care for her daughter, added: ‘She’s never once complained or asked ‘Why me?’
The family have been looking at alternative therapies for Megan and are funding a natural supplement called Penoxal.
‘Since she has been taking it the change in her has been amazing. It’s giving her energy and she’s able to do things with her son,’ Denise said.
However the average monthly cost of her treatment including supplements to help radiation therapies is up to £350 which the family have funded themselves.
They have since started the fundraiser to help Megan get the treatment she needs.
Anyone who wishes to donate can do so here.