Mother says no to life-saving bone cancer treatment, refuses to terminate pregnancy

Posted at 3:06 PM, Oct 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-01 15:25:49-04

WILDOMAR, Calif. — A California mother said she refused to undergo life-saving bone cancer treatment because it meant she would have to terminate her pregnancy first.

“There’s no way I could kill a healthy baby because I’m sick,” Ashley Bridges told CBS Los Angeles.

Bridges was 10 weeks pregnant when she got the bone cancer diagnosis. She said she chose to ensure her daughter would live, even though it meant she would die. Baby Paisley was delivered when Ashley was eight months pregnant. Soon doctors told Ashley the cancer had spread and it was terminal.

“The thought that I’m not going to see her grow up is really hard,” Bridges said. “Maybe I’m not supposed to be here and she is.”


Doctors have given Ashley less than a year to live. Despite the reality of the situation, Bridges said she has no regrets.

Friends and family have set up a GiveForward page for Bridges’ family. Click here for the latest update from Bridges.