Ottawa mom with incurable cancer gives birth to healthy baby (with video)

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Ottawa Citizen

Jillian O’Connor counted her son’s fingers and toes, then counted them again.

Declan O’Connor was perfect, despite the odds.

“I feel wonderful,” she said Monday. “I feel great after having him. Declan means ‘full of goodness.’ It is very fitting because he is full of goodness.”

The birth of Declan Kenneth on Feb. 1 brought joy and relief to O’Connor and her husband, David. O’Connor, who was diagnosed with extremely rare metastatic breast cancer in the early weeks of her pregnancy, required chemotherapy to keep her alive. Not until her son’s birth did she know for certain that he had thrived despite the medical interventions his mother needed while pregnant.

“Holding him in our arms and knowing how perfect he is, it is just affirmation that (the treatment) was absolutely the right decision we could have made.”

Jillian O'Connor, who has terminal cancer, publicly introduced her baby boy to the world Monday. Jillian O’Connor, who has terminal cancer, publicly introduced her baby boy to the world…

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