When Heather Choate of Bayfield, Colorado, was just 10 weeks pregnant with her sixth child, she was faced with a seemingly impossible choice.
The 29-year-old mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“We were told by multiple oncologists that we needed to terminate in order to increase my chances of survival,” Choate told CBS Denver in September. “I would rather die than take the life of my child.”
Choate sought the help of Dr. Virginia Borges at the University of Colorado Hospital, who specializes in treating young women with breast cancer. She traveled seven hours for every chemotherapy treatment and underwent a mastectomy before the birth of her daughter.
Kiery Celeste was born healthy on January 6.
Earlier this week, Choate received even more good news. She’s now cancer free. “I just got tears really in my eyes because that means we’ve done it- we have a baby here and things are looking good,” Choate told CBS Denver.
Choate credits Borges for protecting both her and Kiery Celeste’s health. Though Choate will have to undergo more chemotherapy and raditation, she said she will be able to get through it with her “family and faith.”
Choate’s husband Ben was grateful for his wife and new daughter and said he felt “relief and joy.”