— BBC News England (@BBCEngland) December 20, 2015
A week after she was delivered prematurely, a baby whose mother delayed treatment for aggressive breast cancer while pregnant has died. Police officer Heidi Loughlin, 32, became aware she had a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer while pregnant with her third child. Her daughter, Ally Louise Smith, was born via Caesarean delivery on December 11, weighing just 2 pounds, 5 ounces, and lived for eight days.
On Sunday, Loughlin posted a tribute to her daughter on her blog — a poem titled simply “Our beautiful girl,” in which she wrote about her family’s brokenheartedness.
“Your brothers will honour you in all that they do/ We forever have 3 children, not just two,” she wrote, reminiscing about the short time the family had together.
Loughlin’s cancer was diagnosed in September, after she noticed a rash on her breast while feeding her infant son, Tait. Faced with an option to terminate her pregnancy and begin aggressive chemotherapy, Loughlin chose instead to carry Ally for as long as possible and begin a less aggressive form of treatment after her birth.
On December 11 she announced Ally’s birth: “Keith and I are absolutely thrilled to announce the safe arrival of our daughter formally known as chocolate mousse.
“She was born today via c section at 12.37. She came out foot first and is breathing on her own. She weighs 2lb 5ozs. She has a Loughlin nose and she has more hair than me!!!”