Taylor Johnston: Mother dies just months after giving birth to her daughter following IVF battle
Just 10 days after the couple's daughter was born, test results revealed Taylor had cervical cancer
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: A Melbourne mother has died just days after giving birth to her new daughter, following devastating news that she had terminal cancer.
Four months after giving birth to her miracle IVF child, Billie Mae, Taylor Johnston, age 29, died on Monday.
Ten days after Billie was born, Taylor, who is from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, was informed that she might have cervical cancer.
Taylor Johnston had bone marrow cancer
Later, the classification was changed to terminal bone marrow cancer. The family's GoFundMe page states that the young mother died on September 18.
The crowdfunding update said, "Our beloved Taylor gained her angel wings and is now watching over us."
Before becoming pregnant, Taylor and Jesse Johnston struggled through two cycles of IVF.
Tributes pour in for new mother
Family and friends paid tribute to Taylor, remembering her as a smart and distinctive young woman.
One person wrote, "Another beautiful soul taken way too soon. Rest in peace, Taylor Johnston, your forever smile, contagious energy and kind spirit will live on."
Another penned, "My beautiful, beautiful Tay, you were the sunshine, you were everything all at once. You had a lightness about you that no one will ever replace. My heart breaks for your baby girl and the man of your dreams. My heart is shattered."
A third person wrote, "My heart is so heavy. Tay, my beautiful best friend. The sunshine in our lives, I am truly lost for words. This world is so cruel to take you, but I know you can rest easy now. I love you. I'll miss you every single day."
The GoFundMe tribute reads, "The Rye Football Netball Club is heartbroken to hear of the passing of one of our most loved netballers Taylor Johnston, after a short but brave battle with cancer."
The tribute adds, "Taylor was loved by all those that she met and shared the court or dance floor with her. A feisty and determined defender on the court and Rye player for the past seven years. It was Taylor's kind and positive personality that made her the ultimate teammate and friend."
"Together, we will always remember and honour Taylor and the remarkable impact she has had on all that were lucky to meet her. She was the life of the party, always kind, and her laughter was contagious," it noted.
Taylor Johnston's fertility journey
The couple turned to IVF treatment, which was successful, after Johnston and her husband battled fertility issues for years. She finally gave birth to her miracle child Billie Mae on May 19 after a labor that lasted a marathon 25 hours.
But midwives discovered a polyp in her cervix during the "scary" ordeal, which resulted in an emergency cesarean section and the loss of 1.7 liters of blood.
A mere 10 days after the couple's daughter was born, test results revealed that the growth was cervical cancer, putting an end to their short-lived happiness.
A series of MRI tests and PET scans revealed that the disease had spread to her bone marrow, exacerbating the devastating diagnosis.
Jesse Johnston's sister Lani says 'their world stood still'
Jesse Johnston's sister Lani Dorning wrote in the GoFundMe page she created for the struggling young Victorian family, "Not just any cancer, this is potentially terminal."
"Their world stood still. Broken, heartbroken, shattered, numb. The air is sucked from your lungs. You can't breathe," she added.
Jesse Johnston was unable to return to work as a carpenter because he was caring for his newborn while his wife received the debilitating treatment.
"She is unable to have her baby by her side overnight whilst she goes through chemotherapy,'' said Dorning.
"Any mother's worst nightmare. Just to hold her during the night. To smell her.. To feel her. The unknown," she added.
Due to the severity of her case, lengthy testing to determine the origin of the cancer had been abandoned in favor of immediate chemotherapy, as reported by Daily Mail.