Cancer mum posts photo of newborn
It was the Christmas present all the money in the world could not buy.
Jennifer Doolabh, a Hamilton mum who stopped cancer treatment when she found out she was pregnant, was finally allowed to hold her new baby in her arms today.
Little Matthias - whose name means God's gift in Hebrew - was born on December 23.
The baby was born at 34 weeks and with Doolabh in the High Dependency Unit at Waikato Hopsital, the pair had be seperated until today.
In a Facebook post the proud mum said Matthias was "doing amazing".
"He's now out of the incubator in his own cot the nurses are amazed how well he's doing definitely acting more advanced then a 34weeker!!," she posted.
But it is a bittersweet time for the Doolabh family, who face the grim reality that this Christmas may be Doolabh's first, and last, with her new son.
In June 2012 the then mother-of-two was diagnosed with breast cancer and she struggled through a year of gruelling chemotherapy and radiation.
In June this year, while enduring another bout of radiation treatment and preparing for hormone therapy, she was told her and husband Aneal were expecting their first child together.
"It was a shock," she said.
"We just thought I couldn't get pregnant and they were just about to suppress my ovaries. I was about to go on other treatment as well."
So instead she stopped treatment, in order to give her baby a better chance of survival.
The family spent Christmas together - in the hospital.
On Christmas Day Doolabh posted this message:
People can donate to Jennifer and her family by texting 833. A text will take $3 from each phone account and deposit it with Gallagher Family Hospice. Or they can contact Sharyn Cawood on 021 424 579.