Mom said she had terminal cancer with a sob from a doctor during the birth of a baby son

A devastated mom discovered she had a terminal cancer giving birth after doctors dismissed her worries as a “concern”.

Lois Walker, 37, was tragically told she had stage four cancer when her son Ray was born by caesarean section back in 2021.

Surgeons found cancer in her ovaries, the lining of her abdomen and lymph nodes at birth, The Mirror reports.

Prior to the birth of her son, the mother-in-law had experienced stomach pain for more than a year and made several calls to her doctor during the confinement of Covid-19.

She made a few visits to A&E, only to receive medication for anxiety and ordered to avoid dairy products.

After six chemotherapies and two surgeries, unfortunately doctors now say there is no way to stop the cancer.



Lois Walker was diagnosed with terminal cancer when she gave birth
Lois Walker was diagnosed with terminal cancer when she gave birth



Lois with her baby Ray and her son Ronny
Lois with her baby Ray and her son Ronny

Lois said: “It was absolutely diabolical. They call themselves health professionals, and they’re supposed to care about us, but that’s negligence.

“I just feel like it could have been caught earlier, so I wouldn’t have this late diagnosis – and I’m leaving three kids.

“If the NHS doesn’t acknowledge that things need to change, I’m sorry for anyone and everyone.”

Lois, a buyer of engineering, first got worse in June 2020 when she experienced strange bathing habits and swelling around her diaphragm.

She regularly called doctors at Dove Valley Practice, in Worsbroughand visited Barnsley Hospitalbut was told she may have irritable bowel syndrome.

Lois continued to call her doctor as her symptoms worsened, but doctors recently offered her medication for hypochondria.



Lois and her partner Dale Wistow with their newborn, Ray
Lois and her partner Dale Wistow with their newborn, Ray



The mother-in-law made 20 calls to her doctor and many trips to A&E just to get medication for anxiety.
The mother-in-law made 20 calls to her doctor and many trips to A&E just to get medication for anxiety.

She said: “I went to the doctors, but I couldn’t tell them anything new because it was always the same symptoms, so they treated me with antacids.

“Then I was told it might be a health problem, so they put me on a ferry.

“I’ve had skin cancer before, so I said to my doctor, ‘Don’t you think I could have cancer?'” And he said, “Oh no, you’re just getting older and your body isn’t working either.”

Lois found out she was pregnant in December 2020, and 14 weeks later she was left in terrible pain after her sex reveals a scan.

She said: “I couldn’t deal with this pain, and the longer the pregnancy lasted, the more painful it became. It got to the point where I couldn’t walk or eat.

“The doctor said I weighed the same as I did 12 months ago, and by this time, I was nine months pregnant – and that didn’t sound like an alarm.”

After the pain became too great, she finally told doctors that she was ready to kill herself if they didn’t take her worries seriously.



Dale holding his partner's hand while in hospital
Dale holding his partner’s hand while in hospital



She made many trips to A&E only to get anxiety medications and told to stay away from milk.
She made many trips to A&E only to get anxiety medications and told to stay away from milk.

She was admitted to the hospital for pain management where she was given morphine, but again there was no in-depth investigation by doctors into what caused the pain.

Lois added: “Then the final straw was when they had to involve the mental health team because I said it had reached the point where I would have to end both of our lives, and I’m ashamed to say that.”

Lois’s doctor then did a more thorough investigation into her worries and found a mass behind her uterus – causing them to deliver her baby the next day.

And on September 3, 2021, when she gave birth to her third son, Ray, she learned from the doctor treating her that she was most likely to have cancer.

Lois said: “When they opened me up, he said, ‘I thought you said you didn’t have abdominal surgery?’ and I said I had not.

“There I knew something had been found because they had called some doctors.

“They just said, basically, that my abdomen was so sick they had to send some biopsies and I’d have to wait. But I knew anyway.

“The doctor actually grabbed my hand and he cried and he actually said he was going to leave me.”

Despite undergoing chemotherapy shortly after she received her diagnosis, Lois then discovered that her cancer had spread, and it would be final.

She said: “My liver fused to my diaphragm, so it had to be cut off. My bladder fused to the back of my uterus, so it had to be cut, and all my ovaries fused.

“Then I had the devastating news that it was also on my intestines, my stomach and my liver. Obviously, that’s never good – they’re my main organs I need.”

“It’s just a comfortable life for as long as I stay, and there we are for a moment.”

When asked for a comment, a Dove Valley Practice spokesperson said: “We are sorry to hear from Mrs Walker’s concerns about her care and that she did not feel listened to.

“We did a review of Ms. Walker’s care and referrals for tests and we shared those results with her at the time.

“We welcome anyone with concerns about the care they have received with us to get in touch so we can investigate.

“Unfortunately, we can no longer comment on our duty of confidentiality.”

A Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson added: “Barnsley Hospital is sorry to hear that Mrs Walker is taking care of her.

“We welcome any patient with concerns about the care they have received to contact our Patient Counseling and Complaints, which investigates patient care to ensure that action is timely and appropriate.”

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