Carrie Dodds Hallan was devastated to learn that she only had 24 hours left. Despite this devastating news, Carrie Dodds Hallan, a mother-of-5, decided to give birth before her death to a healthy child and to tie the knot with her husband.
Blackpool’s Carrie, 40, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (a blood and bone marrow cancer) earlier in the year. On June 26, her doctors warned that she would not live more than a few days. Blackpool mom Carrie was forced to race against the clock to marry her soulmate and give birth to her baby girl. She hoped she would be born at 32 weeks so that she could get a stem cell transplant.
In August, Carrie shared with LancsLive her experience of being misdiagnosed after a caesarean two years prior. She explained that it had attacked her body so quickly, her white blood cells were at number 198. I was forced to have it. A blood wash and chemotherapy. [the doctor] She explained that she believed I could have a bright future, and that’s when she started to pick up.”
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Carrie’s dream came true, despite every odds. She gave birth to Poppy May at the beginning of October and then married Shaun four days later.
Carrie explained that Poppy was delivered via csection on Monday. She then had to walk down the isle the following day. “I barely made it through the day but it was worth it. “I can’t put into words how I felt.”
“It was the most beautiful and peaceful day, with my family and friends. Because I had relapsed three weeks prior, and the chemotherapy wasn’t working, we couldn’t go on our original date. We were able to marry and that is what matters.
Carrie had to give birth to Poppy at 33 weeks gestation because of complications from chemotherapy. She explained that her chemotherapy was affecting her and she needed to have her baby early. She was very tiny at just 3lb 12oz.
One of Carrie’s daughters named her Poppy May. The baby girl, who is now Carrie’s daughter, spent the past two week in intensive care at Blackpool Victoria. Carrie shared that she is so proud to have made it through this difficult time with her daughter.
She said that Poppy is my lioness. She fought the intensive care unit and was released after two weeks. Now, I’m on rest for the next round. This is going to be harder as it’s stronger than what I got whilst pregnant, and I need a bone marrow transplant as my last chemo round didn’t work as well as we all had hoped.
“It’s been one thing after the other but we’re both still here and she was clear of my acute myeloid infection so that made my whole year. To know I carried her and got her safely and now she’s just thriving, it makes me very proud of myself.”
Carrie stated that she looks forward to spending Christmas time with her children and husband.
“I don’t know if my health will allow me to be at home or in the hospital for Christmas. But I have to keep going. I cannot give up fighting because I have six children and a grandchild. I’m motivated by the thought of spending Christmas with my children.
She also stated that Blackpool Victoria staff is why she’s still here. She stated, “I cannot thank the staff at Blackpool Victoria enough pentru alles, was Le Frau Spent get spend actually fund all uns invest outl und for all of Blackpool Victoria staff at Blackpool Victoria staff at Blackpool Victoria staff at Blackpool Victoria staff for everything for everything for all that she said that she added: “I cannot thank you can’s They are wonderful and constantly check on me to make sure I am okay. They’re keeping my life alive.”
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