Mom, newborn beat cancer & heart problems, show MIRACLES do exist

Sometimes you wonder how people can endure so much hardship. A Texas woman undergoing cancer treatment while pregnant then learned that the baby she was carrying had a heart defect and would need a transplant.

Riki Graves was eight weeks pregnant with her second child when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, according to a blog she wrote for Texas Children's Hospital. The 38-year-old woman stayed positive and received treatment. But then at 20 weeks into her pregnancy, she learned that her baby had a congenital heart defect. Her baby would need several heart operations and even so, Graves was told, might not survive the pregnancy. 


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In a truly selfless act, Graves made a decision:

During my pregnancy I made the choice to pause my cancer treatment. This was an extremely difficult and highly personal decision. In the end I wanted to provide my daughter with the strongest pregnancy and healthiest beginning to life possible. During that time there were a lot of things out of my control, but with my treatment, I was able to take control, make a decision, and provide for my baby.

Her baby, Juliana, was born on April 9, 2014, four weeks early and it was then that Graves learned that the baby was too weak to undergo the heart surgeries doctors had talked about. Juliana needed a heart transplant and Graves and her husband were told that chances were slim that one would be found in time, according to ABC News. On April 21st Juliana was put on the transplant list.

Juliana's heart began to fail and she became sicker and sicker. Then at 4:30 a.m. April 26, the call came in. A heart was ready for her and by 5:30 p.m. that night she was being operated on by a team of doctors. 

This incredible story has such a happy ending. After months of recovery in the hospital, Juliana went home with her parents on June 16. During Juliana's time the hospital, Graves went back to treating her cancer and has finished radiation. Pictures on ABC News show a happy and adorable baby.

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