A MOTHER diagnosed with cervical cancer after doctors mistook bleeding and cramping as signs of pregnancy has died.
Samantha Beaven, 28, sparked a major fundraising appeal after revealing how her symptoms were dismissed as signs of pregnancy, only for a tumour to be discovered after she went into premature labour with her second daughter at just 26 weeks.
Daisy was born weighing just 2lb 2oz and beat the odds to survive.
But tragically Mrs Beaven died in hospital yesterday morning just days after returning from Mexico where she had been responding well to pioneering hyperthermia treatment to try and extend her time with her baby and family.
The former primary school classroom assistant had hoped the treatment would grant her more time with daughters Daisy, now one, Bracken six, and her husband Alex, 27.
But she developed a lung infection which medics were unable to treat and Mrs Beaven passed away suddenly days after flying back to the UK.
Now her family and friends have vowed to continue fundraising to help support her husband who will now take care of their two young daughters.
Eldest daughter Bracken, six, had even sold her toys on ebay to help raise funds to pay for her mother’s treatment after the family began selling off their possessions to fund it.
Close friend Wendy Campling said: ‘ Our beautiful brave friend Sam passed away but we are determined to raise what we can for her children because Sam was a devoted mother and we know that is what she would have wanted.
‘The whole family fought with all their might to try and prolong her life and the time she had left with them. Sam was so proud of Bracken who even sold her toys to raise funds to try and save her mummy.
‘They are utterly heartbroken but this fight has left them with nothing and we her friends will do everything we can to help those children now their mother has gone because that is what Sam would have wanted.’
Mrs Beaven, a classroom assistant from Brighton was diagnosed with cancer in October 2013 after she went into premature labor with her daughter Daisy at just 26 weeks.
She had suffered bleeding and cramping from the start of her pregnancy and claimed to have gone to hospital at least eight times, but tests failed to detect a cause.
She said at the time: ‘ I felt strongly something was wrong because it had not happened with my first pregnancy. I knew there was a problem but eventually what could I do but just accept what doctors and nurses were telling me and that it was just ‘normal.”
But fearing contracts had started just 26 weeks into her pregnancy she rushed to The Royal Sussex County Hospital where her cervix was examined for the first time.
It was confirmed that she was already 2c dilated, but that there was also a lesion causing the bleeding.
Mrs Beaven was relieved to have an answer at last but devastated when a biopsy on the 7cm mass revealed it was cancerous.
It became clear that all the symptoms she reported, bleeding, cramping, pains, back ache, discharge had not triggered alarm bells because they are associated with pregnancy too.
Mrs Beaven barely had time to digest the news when her waters broke days later and she was rushed into theatre to deliver her baby girl who was breech.
Daisy was born on October 27th 2013 weighing just 2lb 2oz. The odds were stacked against her but Mrs Beaven refused to give up hope despite starting chemotherapy and radiotherapy for her own condition days later.
Mother and daughter were treated in different wards at the same hospital. At five weeks Daisy contracted a life threatening bowel condition and underwent surgery at seven weeks weighing just 3lb.
One again Mrs Beaven was warned she might not survive but daisy fought back, giving her proud mum strength to fight her own battle.
Three months after she was born Daisy was discharged and Mrs Beaven was also told her treatment looked to be successful.
They enjoyed brief period of joy, both free from their death sentences, until tragically Mrs Beaven developed a cough that revealed her cancer had spread.
She decided to marry fiancé Alex Beaven in a hastily arranged ceremony to give the family something ‘ positive and happy’ to focus on ahead of treatment to try and prolong her life.
During this period Mrs Beaven worked tirelessly to support premature baby charity Push for Prems, after receiving support from the Brighton based charity when Daisy was born.
She took part in sponsored events wearing her trademark brightly colored wigs and collected hundreds in donations to help other premature babies.
The charity’s head Catherine Demir, who became close friends with Mrs Beaven, recalled: ‘Despite what she was going though Sam was incredible. In one collection tin alone she raised over £400 in donations. She was amazing in helping to put together our fundraiser despite that fact she was having treatment, looking after a premature baby and older daughter. She was an inspiration.’
But despite chemotherapy the cancer spread and the family pinned their hopes on pioneering treatment in Mexico selling possessions and moving into a rented property to help fund it.
Mrs Beaven flew out in February and was thought to be responding well to treatment but developed a lung infection shortly after arriving back in the UK last week.
She died at the same hospital that delivered her daughter with her mother and husband by her side.
Mrs Campling said: ‘ She never gave up. She was an amazing, courageous woman who refused to believe she would be parted from her beautiful daughters.
‘Sam was passionate about raising awareness of cervical cancer. She didn’t want this to happen to any other women and she felt strongly that her condition could have been diagnosed earlier.
‘She would want her story to save lives. We her friends cannot think of a more fitting tribute to such an incredible mum.’
To support the fund raising http://www.kapipal.com/samsfund