Young Mother Dies After Refusing Cancer Treatment So She Could Have Baby Girl

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A New York City mother who chose to forgo cancer treatment so she could deliver her baby died just weeks after giving birth.

Elizabeth “Liz” Joice, 36, was told she would never get pregnant, so when she did she considered it a miracle.

“Having a kid was one of the most important things in the world to her,” her husband Max told The Post. “She said, ‘If we terminate the pregnancy and it turns out I can’t have a baby [later], I’ll be devastated. She knew this might be her only chance.”

Originally diagnosed with a tumor in her back in 2010, Liz underwent four rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, and more chemo. 

She was cancer-free for three years. A month after she learned she was pregnant, doctors told her the tumor was back.

It was surgically removed, but because she was pregnant she was unable to have an MRI scan to check the rest of her body.

A beautiful baby girl, Lily, was delivered by C-section in February, but Liz’s health rapidly declined. The tumor spread to her heart, right lung, and abdomen.

“Liz came home five days after Lily was born,” Max said. “That one night at home was all we had.”

“We said our goodbyes,” he said. “It was like something out of a movie. We sat there and cried. We tried to tell stories, talk about all the great things.”

She died on March 9, with her husband at her side.

“Liz’s magic rubbed off on Lily,” Max said. “She’s beautiful and remarkable. It provides me with the strength to get through this.”

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Post