Mother Who Passed Cancer Onto Daugher In Utero Dies
February 27, 2012
Briana Cox passed away on February 12th after a battle with Melanoma, leaving her 9-month-old daughter Addison behind to continue the fight.
According to AZFamily.com, Briana was diagnosed with Melanoma back in 2006 and underwent successfully surgery to remove the cancer. Unfortunately, about a month after Briana gave birth to Addison, she had a seizure and doctors found the cancer had not only returned, but it had spread throughout her entire body.
This news scared Briana and she began to worry about her baby girl, but doctors assured her Addison would be fine. Briana didn’t listen and demanded that doctors run tests on Addison to ensure she was indeed fine. Unfortunately, Briana was right; Addison was diagnosed with stage 4 Melanoma (the same cancer as her mother) and it had spread throughout her tiny body.
“It’s very similar to her mother’s — in the brain, one in her shoulder, in her lungs, kidney, liver, leg, even the back of her tongue,” said Briana’s husband James. “Bri went through the emotions of my baby, my fault but everyone told her it’s not her fault. No one took better care of themselves than her.”
Doctors are doing all the can to save Addison, but they don’t have much hope because there isn’t a cure for Melanoma. Doctors estimate Addison will only live two years, but that news hasn’t stopped her father. James Cox is trying to raise money to give his daughter experimental medicine that isn’t covered by his health insurance.
If you would like to help Addison Cox, please donate to the “Cox Family” donation account a the Arizona Federal Credit Union, account number 826604 or call Keith Politte at 602-999-2214.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cox family during this incredibly difficult time.