A 22-year-old cancer victim has died months after she was urged to abort her baby to boost her chances of survival.
Charlotte Smith, from North Yorkshire, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when she was 11 weeks pregnant.
But doctors warned giving birth posed a danger to her life and they advised her to terminate her pregnancy.
Mrs Smith, then 21, decided to go ahead with the abortion and began grueling bouts of chemotherapy that same day.
She died yesterday morning from an infection that led to sepsis, following her tireless battle with the form of cancer that strikes around 800 people each year in the UK.
Her story came to light after The Daily Mirror reported her story in August, as she called for routine blood tests on the NHS.
Mrs Smith relentlessly campaigned for them as she said her cancer was only spotted because of the ones she had in pregnancy.
Tributes flood in
Tributes have today flooded in for Mrs Smith, as grieving friends described her as an ‘amazing woman’ and ‘so inspirational’.
Mrs Smith’s death was revealed on Facebook by her close friend Jordanna, who wrote: ‘Well, I never thought id ever in a million years be having to write this.’
Her heartbreaking post continued: ‘A lot of you may have seen Charlotte’s post about her going into hospital this morning.
‘She is my best friend and has been for many years, she has sadly passed away, she had an infection and couldn’t fight it.
‘I’ve been to see her little face, she is at peace now, I’m with her mum and her husband we are all trying to stay strong.’
Jordanna, who made Mrs Smith’s Facebook account public in the wake of her death, added: ‘She was a little fighter but couldn’t fight much more.’