Having quadruplets is intense for anyone, but it’s especially so when you’re fighting cancer. This is what happened to Kayla Gaytan, who was already a mom to two children when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year.
Kayla underwent five months of chemotherapy, which resulted in her doctors telling her that she couldn’t have any more children because of the treatment. Clearly, that’s not what actually happened, considering only one month after going into remission, she was pregnant with quadruplets. Whoa.
What made it even more complicated was the fact that her cancer came back in December–while she was pregnant. As a result, she delivered her babies at 30 weeks so she could start treatments again. This is when Kayla and her family set up a GoFundMe account as a way to help pay for medical expenses.
However, they didn’t anticipate the outpour of generosity, as the campaign raised more than $1 million. She and her husband will use the money to pay for medical expenses, their children, and creating a “nest egg” for their family. Kayla told People:
“It renews my faith in humanity. To know that people that don’t even know us just wanted to help our family is amazing.”
Their quadruplets, Lillian, Victoria, Charles, and Matthew, are still in the hospital, but are “growing like weeds.” Sadly, Kayla has only been given a 50% chance of surviving the next five years, but the brave mom is taking the news in stride. She told Fox News:
“That added pressure helps me to move forward on a daily basis to get through the day and push forward, knowing I have people that need me here.”
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