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Cara Combs learned she had Stage 4 Melanoma when she was 23 weeks pregnant

By Char Adams
Updated December 09, 2015 03:00 PM
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Credit: Emily Lucarz Photography

A Missouri mother made the ultimate sacrifice when she decided to deliver her baby girl in the face of a serious cancer diagnosis.

Cara Combs found out she had Stage 4 Melanoma when she was 23 weeks pregnant with her fourth child in November, FOX reports. Doctors advised her to have her baby immediately, but Combs chose to wait, giving her child a better chance at survival, thus postponing her cancer treatment.

Combs delayed her treatment in order to get her baby to 28 weeks,” Combs’s husband, Roy, wrote on a GoFundMe page for the family.

The devoted mother gave birth to Shaylin Combs on Dec. 5. Three days later, Combs died.

“Cara completely put her baby before her own life and it was amazing,” family friend and photographer Emily Lucarz told FOX.

Lucarz echoed her statements in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

“Heaven gained a new angel this morning. Cara was an amazing wife, mother, daughter and sister,” Lucarz wrote. “She sacrificed everything so her new little one could live on.”

In another Facebook post, Lucarz clarified that Combs had every intention of fighting her cancer after giving birth.

“She had NO idea she would have such complications unrelated to her cancer that would keep her in the ICU,” the photographer wrote.

“Cara ended up needing a liver transplant, but because of her cancer, she was not a candidate. Her giving baby Shaylin a chance at life, was the MOST SELFLESS thing she could have done,” she wrote.

Days before giving birth to Shaylin, the Combs gathered for a family photo shoot with Lucarz. Combs, along with her two daughters, son and husband are seen embracing in several photos just days before her death.

“It was so important for me to be able to give her family – not knowing what was going to happen – that gift of her kids having pictures with their mother,” Lucarz told FOX.