Kim and Phil Vaillancourt credit their unborn son with saving Kim's life

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A New York couple credits their unborn child with saving the mother’s life – and now they’re doing everything in their power to save their baby.

Kim Vaillancourt was diagnosed with glioblastoma – an aggressive, rapidly-growing malignant tumor affecting the brain or spine – in December, she told the Associated Press.

At 20 weeks pregnant, it was concern for her unborn child that prompted Kim to go the hospital, which resulted in doctors finding two tumors that experts say could have killed her.

“I would have just thought I had a headache and the flu and I would have laid in bed,” the 36-year-old mother of five told the AP. She noted that she went to the hospital because she was unable to keep food down, and worried that it would harm the baby.

At the hospital, doctors found the tumors, with one dangerously close to Kim’s brain stem. She was rushed into surgery and had the tumors removed.

“If it wasn’t for the baby, she probably would’ve never gone to the hospital,” Kim’s husband, Phil, told WGRZ.

“With her severe headache and nausea…she would ve laid in bed thinking it was the flu, and she would ve possibly not been here today.”

Now, Kim is refusing to undergo follow-up radiation and chemotherapy in order to preserve the development of her unborn son, Wyatt Eli, according to the AP.

She’s going to do what she can to save the baby’s life and give it the healthiest life possible,” Phil said.

Kim added: “The baby saved me. Now it’s my turn to save him.”

Kim undergoes MRI scans every two weeks and recent scans showed that she is cancer free. She said she plans to begin treatment after her son’s birth, WGRZ reports. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family.

“We’re praying a lot and trusting God through these next few weeks to keep these scans clean,” Phil told the AP.