Aleks Patete was at University Hospital Cleveland for a routine ultrasound last November after having recently found out she was pregnant when her life changed. She believes it was that ultrasound, prompted by her seven-week-old unborn baby’s mere existence, that saved her life. During the ultrasound, doctors discovered a cyst on one of her ovaries that turned out to be ovarian cancer.
Patete, a registered nurse herself, was advised to terminate the pregnancy so she could undergo intense chemotherapy. But she refused, knowing she could not end the life that was responsible for saving hers. Instead, she opted for a less potent chemotherapy treatment that involved six rounds of chemo every four weeks for five months.
“It’s a miracle,” she says. “The cancer could have progressed a lot further, and we would have had no idea if I wasn’t for my pregnancy. God sent DJ to save my life.”
Patete finished her treatment on April 24th and gave birth to a health baby boy named DJ three weeks later. “It was beautiful,” she says. “And he is the sweetest baby, always smiling and just a joy.”
Shortly afterward, she had her right ovary and fallopian tube removed, and now she is officially in remission! Not to mention, she has a gorgeous baby boy to occupy her time. Patete is thankful for the way things worked out and excited about having more children (and hopefully less cancer) in the future.
Check out the video below to learn more about this adorable little family’s incredible story.
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