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Friday May 06 2022
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'Miracle baby': Cancer patient gives birth after CAR-T cell therapy

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Sammy Gray, with partner Daley, and miracle baby Walter. — BBC/Kelly Couttie Photography
Sammy Gray, with partner Daley, and "miracle" baby Walter. — BBC/Kelly Couttie Photography

  • Woman with life-threatening cancer gives birth.
  • Cancer treatments usually leave women infertile.
  • CAR-T cell therapy trained her body to fight cancer.


A woman who had life-threatening cancer gave birth to a baby miraculously after she underwent pioneering treatment, the BBC reported.

Sammy Gray, 26, was afraid that chemotherapy had left her infertile. However, she had her "miracle baby", little Walter, after CAR-T cell therapy trained her body to fight cancer.

On February 23, Gray became one of the first women in the UK to give birth after such a treatment.

After her first daughter, Harper's birth in 2018, Gray was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which develops in the lymphatic system.

Even though she underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy, her cancer became aggressive and multiplied.

In 2019, doctors tried CAR-T cell therapy which had recently been approved for NHS in 2018.

It is common for cancer treatments to leave women infertile. Therefore, baby Walter is a miracle.

Gray said: "I wasn't petrified of dying but I was petrified of leaving Harper behind."

"The chemotherapy made me very ill so I couldn't look after my baby daughter, so Daley, my fiancé, had to be a full-time dad.

"I'm determined to make the most of every minute with Walter," she added.

Gray has been clear of cancer for the past year.