THIS MOTHER’S Day marks a miracle milestone for a Bromsgrove woman who overcame an A4-sized ovarian tumour and a three-month coma to give birth to a healthy baby.
Cherie Uhrmacher and ten-week-old baby Flint are sharing their story on Mother’s Day to launch the Race for Life 2018 fund-raising series for Cancer Research UK.
The brave 37-year-old will also take to the stage at Redditch Race for Life on June 10 as part of the Midlands 5k and 10k series and Pretty Muddy events.
Cherie will sound the starter horn for the expected 1,000 participants, before joining the race with baby Flint.
Cherie, a Birmingham insurance breaker, was married to husband Lee Uhrmacher in 2014 in the full knowledge they would probably never have a family due to her cancer treatment.
At the age of 22 Cherie was put into an induced coma for three months after suffering an unexplained and life-threatening fit and brain swelling.
It was only after a full body scan ahead of a move off intensive care that doctors discovered she a massive tumour on her ovary.
Cherie had to have four operations to remove the main tumour, smaller benign tumours, and a secondary tumour on her diaphragm and then underwent six months of intensive chemotherapy.
She has been in remission ever since and has been determined to ‘do her bit’ by taking part in Race for Life numerous times and last year’s Cancer Research UK’s Walk All Over Cancer challenge.
Thanks to IVF treatment and against all odds, Cherie had a successful pregnancy last year and gave birth two-and-a-half weeks prematurely to baby Flint a week before Christmas.
She said: “We both love Flint so much and it is such a delight to be able to share our wonderful news with other people.
“My first Mother’s Day is going to be extra special because I never expected I would be a mum.
“I hope my story will inspire other women to join Race for Life in celebration or in memory of their own mums.”
To enter Race for Life, visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.