Pregnant mum chooses to amputate leg after cancer diagnosis to save unborn baby (photos)

Kathleen Osborne has shared the heartbreaking experience of having to amputate her leg in order to save her baby’s life.

Kathleen, 28, was diagnosed with cancer for the third time, but she wasn’t aware that she was four months pregnant at the time.

After a painful growth on her right leg was discovered to be osteosarcoma in 2005, the mother-of-three was diagnosed with cancer when she was just 11 years old.

Kathleen had chemotherapy and had the majority of her kneecap removed, as well as two metal rods placed into her leg, to treat her bone cancer.

Then, in 2016, she learned that the cancer had returned, this time in her lungs, after an 11-year hiatus.

Pregnant mum chooses to amputate leg after cancer diagnosis to save unborn baby (photos)


The operation was a success and Kathleen gave birth to baby Aida-May eight weeks early, through caesarian section. 

Kathleen says: ‘I’m happy I made the decision to lose my leg because it gave me my daughter.

‘If I’d not had my leg amputated then, I’d have lost her and I’d have been going through chemotherapy which might not even have saved my leg in the end anyway.

‘I wouldn’t have her if I didn’t do it so it’s all been worth it.’

Pregnant mum chooses to amputate leg after cancer diagnosis to save unborn baby (photos)


The mum-of-three was first diagnosed with cancer when she was just 11 years old – after a painful lump on her right leg turned out to be osteosarcoma in 2005.

Pregnant mum chooses to amputate leg after cancer diagnosis to save unborn baby (photos)

Kathleen had chemotherapy for the bone cancer and had most of her kneecap removed, as well as two metal rods inserted into her leg.


Then, 11 years later, she discovered that the cancer had returned in 2016 – this time on her lungs.


After treatment Kathleen was given the all clear in March 2017 – but three years later another painful lump on the top of her right leg appeared.


This was when the mum found out she was pregnant for the third time.

Kathleen,  was already a mum to nine-year-old Hayden and five-year-old Leo – but says she’s excited to now have a daughter, too,

She says: ‘I’d always wanted a little girl after having my two boys first and now she’s here so I’m happy I did it.

‘They’d also always wanted a sister so it’s worked out for the best, to be honest. I’m still very happy with my decision.

‘I told the boys that the Transformers are building me a new leg which they love, they keep asking when my Transformer leg will arrive and they think it’s very cool.’

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