A young California mother made the ultimate sacrifice for her newborn daughter when she refused lifesaving treatment for bone cancer.
Ashley Bridges was 10 weeks pregnant when she learned of her diagnosis. Although doctors recommended she start chemotherapy immediately, it would have required her to terminate her pregnancy. “There’s no way I could kill a healthy baby because I’m sick”, Bridges told CBS2’s Kristine Lazar.
During her third trimester, at eight months, Bridges was told that delaying treatment had allowed the cancer to spread. “That’s basically when they told me that it was terminal”, she said.
Her fiance, who is in the military, takes the night shift. None of them has second-guessed her decision. “She’s a real-life superhero, to be honest with you”, said Jessica, Bridges’ sister. Bridges, too, has no regrets. “Maybe I’m not supposed to be here and she is”, Bridges said of Paisley. (1)
There are people killing their babies because they feel their well-being is more precious. (see Down Syndrome cases)
But there are people ready to literally give their lives for the lives of their babies.
Seneca was once arrested.
His students started crying as the guards took him away.
He looked at them.
“Where is your philosophy?”, he asked calmly.
Let’s pray we all have the right answer to that question when the time comes…