A reader sent me the following story:
Family and friends farewelled Dr Ellice Hammond, 37, at a funeral service yesterday, the same day anti-solarium campaigner Clare Oliver succumbed to melanoma.
Dr Hammond lost her battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Sunday, three weeks after daughter Mia Ellice was born nine weeks prematurely at the Monash Medical Centre, where she remains in neonatal intensive care, The Herald Sun said today.
Dr Hammond was diagnosed in the 22nd week of pregnancy and refused high-level chemotherapy that could have saved her but might have killed Mia, whose induced birth took place on August 20.
Dr Hammond had three reduced-strength chemotherapy treatments during the pregnancy, but the cancer returned worse than before each time and full-strength treatments following Mia’s birth did not save her.
Husband, Peter Wojcik said he was proud of his wife’s devotion to their child.
�It feels like I got robbed of a wife and a mother,� he told the Herald Sun.
�I guess she didn’t expect it to go this way, and if she did she wasn’t telling us.
�But she would just want what is best for Mia and for everyone to love her and carry on with life.
Please pray for her family.
The story does remind you of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla another doctor, though in her case she had developed a fibroma on her uterus which was successfully removed. She actually died of peritonitis after delivery of her child suggesting a botched C-section.