Sydney teen Bree Rawlings loses leukaemia battle after newborn's death

Sydney teen Bree Rawlings loses leukaemia battle after newborn’s death

Reblog A brave Sydney teen who lost her newborn child while battling cancer has died just days after trialling a new drug in an attempt to beat the disease. Surrounded by loved ones, Brianna Rawlings, 19, passed away on December 29 after failing to overcome NK cell leukaemia – a rare and aggressive form of blood disease. Ms Rawlings, who is known as Bree, was diagnosed last year while 17 weeks pregnant with her first child and made the selfless decision to halve her own chances of survival in a bid to give her son the best chance of pulling through. Bree Rawlings lost her battle with cancer last month. Source: Supplied/ Kourt Rawlings More She delivered her son, Kyden, via caesarean after 26 weeks. He died 12 days later after developing a stomach infection. While the mother and her partner were devastated, Ms Rawling’s sister Kourt told Yahoo 7 last year her sibling “made a promise” to her son to keep fighting. However her condition only worsened and a potential bone marrow transplant from her brother was ruled out by doctors. Ms Rawlings was diagnosed with NK Leukaemia while 17 weeks pregnant. Source: Supplied/ Kourt Rawlings More Ms Rawling’s son was born premature and survived only 12 days. Source: Supplied/ Kourt Rawlings More Then in November she was given a glimmer of hope with the introduction of a trial drug to help save her life. The medication came at a cost of $3000 every three weeks, prompting her family to plead for help via a GoFundMe page. After raising funds for her continued treatment, Ms Rawlings was able to start the treatment. But after two injections, she succumbed to the disease and passed away just days after her 19th birthday. Tributes flood in for ‘inspirational’ woman Ms Rawling’s family has been left shattered by the devastating news, with her sister revealing her death has been difficult to process for all. “I am so lost for words… I can’t think without crying,” Kourt told Yahoo News. Ms Rawling’s condition deteriorated in December. Source: Supplied/ Kourt Rawlings More Ms Rawlings and her sister Kourt enjoy their final Christmas together. Source: Supplied/ Kourt Rawlings More Friends and relatives took to social media to pay tribute to the young woman and her resilience while battling leukaemia. “Please rest babygirl you fought a bloody big fight,” her mother, Lyn Rawlings, wrote on Facebook. “You kicked its arse for a bit but it cheated and came back. You are always in my mind, etched in my memory.” She added her family will always remember “what an inspiration” Ms Rawlings was to “many people”. Ms Rawling’s family celebrated her life on January 4. Source: Supplied/ Kourt Rawlings More Attendees released balloons in tribute to Ms Rawlings. Source: Facebook More In a celebration of her life, the family held an intimate service for Ms Rawlings on January 4, where attendees wore vibrant colours after the teen asked for no one to wear black. “Without you even knowing it, you have made a world of difference in the way I look at life now,” one relative said following the service. Her sister told Yahoo News she had words of advice for other families who go through the same painful journey she and her relatives have. “We just want to encourage families to be present with each other and make as many memories as possible,” she said. “There are so many things Bree didn’t get to do, and we will now do them in her honour. “Leukaemia is such a horrific cancer.” Ms Rawlings pictured with her niece before her diagnosis. Source: Supplied/ Kourt Rawlings More

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