Tragic cancer mum given just months to live after birth of seventh child

A British mum-of-seven has been told she has just six months to live following the birth of her new baby.

Samantha King, from Gloucestershire, assumed she was just feeling run down following the birth of her seventh child.

But doctors delivered the unexpected, heartbreaking news that she may not be around to see her kids grow up.

Samantha, 41, was given a chest x-ray and a blood test after she complained to doctors that she did not feel well two weeks after giving birth to baby Lilah.

Due to a long wait, the mum discharged herself only to be urgently called back the following day.

Daughter Kyra Limbrick, 23 from Gloucester told GloucestershireLive: "When mum had the call to tell her to go in she asked if it could wait till the morning. She was told that she had a clot on her lungs, if she had waited till morning it could have been too late.

"Mum was fine all throughout her pregnancy. I am a carer and she has been helping me with my three children.

"We have always known mum to have a weak chest but we were not expecting that news."

The diagnosis highlighted that Samantha had cancer that has spread widely.

Cancer has been found on her lung, breast and bones. It has invaded her chest cavity and a tumour on her spine has been discovered and they believe that she may also have blood cancer.

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Initially, doctors said the mum-of-seven had a year left – but changed their stark assessment on Thursday to six months.

Samantha is currently having immune and radiotherapy in hospital.

Kyra said: "Mum has not had it easy recently. She and the family have been grieving after granddad passed away, and she has had a lot on her plate.

"The family are very close and it means everything to her.

"Mum had to make choices when we were growing up as she was a single parent. There were bills that were a priority and there were things that she had to cancel because she could not afford it all.

"One of the things that she stopped about two years ago was the life insurance on her mortgage.

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"Now she is worried that the children will have to leave their home where they have the memories of her because they will struggle with the mortgage.”

The former nurse remarried. She had Nathan King, 25, Kyra Limbrick, 23, during her first marriage. Since then she and her current partner have five children, Libby King, 10, Lacey-Mae King, nine, Logan King, five, Lexi King, two and baby Lilah King who is seven weeks old and is a very proud mother.

In a bid to give Miss King some peace of mind they have set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the family so the children are able to keep their home.

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Kyra said: "We want mum to concentrate on making memories with the children and not to worry about what will happen to them when the time comes. All she wants is for them to be able to keep their home.

"The only reason she cancelled the life insurance was that money was quite tight back then.

"Never in a million years did we think this would happen as she is still so young.

"I hope that people will come forward and support my mum.

"We are all concentrating on the little ones at the moment, trying to make sure that they are okay.

"My mum's partner is being really good. However, he is finding it difficult but staying strong for mum but also facing the fact that he is going to be a single dad to five little ones that are under 10 years old."

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