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Earby landlady plans cancer charity fundraiser after defying the odds
A WOMAN who had cervical cancer but still gave birth to two ‘miracle girls’ is planning a fundraiser for a Craven charity.
Michelle Cooper, 44, was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1988 when she was pregnant with her first child, Stephen, who is now 25.
Michelle, the landlady at the Punch Bowl, in Earby, then had her cervix removed, which usually means further pregnancies are out of the question.
But Michelle defied the odds - not once, but twice.
She went on to give birth to Jasmine, 13, and Georgia, 10.
“Technically I shouldn’t have had my two girls,” she said. “When I told my doctor I was pregnant he was gobsmacked.
“They’re two miracle girls in my opinion.”
Michelle said she was able to carry both girls because although her cervix had been removed, she had cervical stenosis, which meant she was able to ‘hold them in’, although both girls were delivered by Caesarean section.
“I’ve now been clear for 12 years,” said Michelle, who stressed the importance of women having regular smear tests. “It saved my life.”
Next Saturday Michelle will hold a fireworks display at the pub, with proceeds going to Barnoldswick and Earby Bosom Friends, which has supported cancer sufferers in West Craven for years.
Gates open for the display at 7pm, with fireworks at 8. Tickets are on sale from the pub at £4 for adults and £2 for children. Entry is free for children under two and family tickets are available for £10.
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