It is the ultimate example of a mother’s love for her child. A mother, who decided to delay cancer treatment to give her unborn baby a better chance of survival, has died only three days after giving birth to her precious little girl.
The Combs family, not long after learning Cara Combs was pregnant with her fourth child, learnt the devastating news that Cara had stage four melanoma. In an act of selflessness, Cara decided to postpone her treatment to protect her baby, planning to commence her treatment 48 hours after giving birth to Shaylin at 28 weeks. Tragically, she never made it.
Heartbroken, her husband Roy posted a touching tribute to his brave wife on the family’s GoFundMe page, which was raising money to pay for Cara’s advanced medical treatment. In less than three weeks, the page had raised more than $46,000 – most of that from strangers.
“I wanted to let everyone know that we lost Cara Walters Combs this morning. I don’t have to tell you how great of a person she was. She will be missed by all. I always knew she was destined for greater things,” Roy writes.
“We all have a perfect angel looking over us. She was the strongest person I ever met and the best wife and mother. She sacrificed everything so her legacy could live on. Thank you all for your support and prayers. She was my everything and always will be.”
In November, Cara had posted the news of her decision to delay her treatment on her Facebook page. “Against the advice of my oncologist, I am choosing to delay my treatment for three weeks in order to get the baby to 28 weeks,” the post says. “There is no good decision here. We will both be fighting for our lives and I feel incredibly guilty about that.”
Emily Lucarz, the photographer and family friend who captured some of the family’s last precious photos together, said at 38 years of age “you don’t expect to find out that you’re dying”. “Cara had every intention of fighting this cancer once she was released from the hospital post-birth. She had no idea she would have such complications unrelated to her cancer that would keep her in the ICU,” Emily says.
“Cara ended up needing a liver transplant, but because of her cancer was not a candidate. Her giving baby Shaylin a chance at life, was the most selfless thing she could have done. She did this but also planned on fighting the cancer.”
Emily fondly remembers Cara as a mother who put everyone else first. “She insisted on having Thanksgiving dinner at her house just a few weeks ago. With how weak she was, she struggled (while smiling) but insisted on it for the sake of her children. She really was quite a mum,” she says.
Emily writes that baby Shaylin (“Shay”) has had her breathing tubes taken out and is “doing amazing”, “thanks to her mum”.
(images via Emily Lucarz Photography and Roy Combs on Facebook)