Mum Hannah Williams was diagnosed with cancer (Image: Hannah Williams)
Mum Hannah Williams spent just 10 days with hew newborn baby before her death.
The 29-year-old discovered she was preganant with her first child in April 2023. But just two months later she was struck down with a suspected chest infection that left her struggling to breathe.
Hannah was later given a devastating diagnosis. Medics said she had stage three lung cancer.
Just four months later her devastated mum published a public statement on Facebook to say her daughter had “peacefully gained her angel wings” on Sunday, October 1. Hannah gave birth to her daughter, Nova on September 21, reports the Liverpool ECHO.
Hannah Williams was diagnosed with stage three lung cancer (Image: Hannah Williams)
The statement read: “To all of Hannah’s amazing friends and loved ones. On Sunday 1st October, with Nova cuddled into her Mummy’s chest and with family and friends by her side; Hannah peacefully gained her angel wings.
“Hannah showed immeasurable courage and strength throughout her fight, right up until the very end; and in doing so gave the ultimate gift which was to give life to her beautiful, perfect little girl Nova. Nova, a bright star that releases powerful energy.
“There cannot be a more fitting term to sum up our Hannah, and her spirit and strength will live on through Nova. Mummy will be the brightest star in the sky.
“Please keep Nova in your prayers and thoughts as she continues to grow from strength to strength. We cannot thank you all enough for the support shown during Hannah’s fight. She was truly overwhelmed and grateful.”
Hannah’s friends started a fundraiser for her (Image: Hannah Williams)
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Business owner Hannah attebded A&E in Liverpool with a “minor chest pain” in June. The eyelash technician then received a diagnosis of pneumonia following a chest X-ray.
She was not given antibiotics due to her pregnancy, and so doctors warned her her illness “would get worse before it got better”. When Hannah previously spoke to The ECHO, she said: “A week later I was really struggling to breathe just doing general daily tasks. As I live in a top floor apartment, I could barely get halfway up the stairs.
“I went to my GP, he listened to my chest, and said chest infection. Two days later I went the walk-in centre, who prescribed me a blue inhaler and five days Amoxicillin.
“After a further three days I was back in A&E. I had another chest x-ray – again, pneumonia. After waiting over 15 hours, pregnant, with no food or drink and no sleep for 30 hours, I did discharge myself as I was exhausted.
“I got home, got to bed, and within a hour I had multiple missed calls saying I needed to immediately return for treatment. I arrived, waited more multiple hours. Eventually I had a CT scan, which confirmed a mass on my left lung which had grown so much in three weeks they knew it was serious.”
With Hannah unable to work, her friends set up a fundraising page to help with her bills during treatment. Her mum has now said this will go towards giving Hannah “the send off she deserves”.
She said: “The funds raised will be used to ensure she has the send off she deserves as we come together to celebrate our Han. Hannah’s funeral arrangements will be shared in due course.
“We understand everyone will be hurting as she played a part in so many people’s lives and was loved by so many. We ask that you bear with us whilst we come to terms with her loss. Thank you x”
Hundreds of people took to the comments section of Hannah’s mum’s statement to pay tribute to the “beautiful” mum.
Alex Phillips said: “Good night my beautiful friend… you haven’t left my mind… don’t know how I got through yesterday. Love you so much… until we meet again.”
Jayne Babey said: “This is devastating. Hannah you are a true warrior and loved by so many people. Sleep tight beauty! Heartbreaking I’m so so sorry for your loss no words can come close xx”
Jenna Louise Edwards said: “Truly devastating. What a fight you put up and to give your beautiful baby Nova life. Keeping you baby, family & friends in my thoughts. Rest peacefully now Hannah xxx”