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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala nurse, who delayed cancer treatment to give birth to eighth child, dies


Daijiworld Media Network - Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 30: A Kerala based nurse who was diagnosed with Cancer, chose to give birth to her eighth child than terminating the pregnancy and opting for treatment, due to her Catholic pro-life beliefs.

Sapna Tracy (43), who worked as a senior nursing officer at the AIIMS in New Delhi, delivered her eighth child in December 2015, and died on Christmas day, December 25 this year in Thrissur after delaying cancer treatment.

Tracy was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was in the third month of her eighth pregnancy. The doctors advised her to terminate the pregnancy and start immediate treatment. They warned that she would orphan her seven other children all below the age of fifteen, if she did not start treatment.

However, she reportedly told the doctor, “Only I can give birth to this child growing in my womb. There are many good-hearted people who can take care of my seven other children,” her husband Chittilappally Joju (50) tells a newspaper.

Mastectomy was performed in the sixth month of pregnancy. Doctors wanted to start radiation therapy and chemotherapy but Tracy agreed to treatment only after delivery.

About a year ago, Tracy was told that the cancer had spread to the lungs. Joju took the entire family — five boys and three girls — to Kerala earlier this year. Joju said he always supported the stand his wife took. “We consider life very precious. We have no right to terminate it. I had no qualms about backing her decision not to abort and start cancer treatment. We could not have saved two lives. I believe population will drive development. Had Tracy been healthy, we would have gone for the ninth child,’’ he reportedly told a newspaper.

The couple had also started counselling the children about Sapna’s health condition and prepared them for their mother’s death.

In their youth the couple were active members of Jesus Youth and Catholic Charismatic Renewal movements. In recent years, both were actively involved in the pro-life movement of the Church, promoting large families and working against abortion.

The Kerala Catholic Church diocese in Faridabad also honoured the couple for having a large family.

Joju serves as a social worker under the Church in the national Capital, while Sapna was the main bread-winner of the family.

Kerala Catholic Bishops Council’s Family Commission Secretary Fr Paul Madassery said the woman’s decision was right and the Church backed her pro-life stand. “God and good-hearted people around them would take care of the children,” he said.


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  • Genevive, USA

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    I honestly salute this lady, she was educated, knew the consequences of having more children’s, still did not fear for anything , she was braver than us, we want best the best things to our kids that’s why we want only one or two kids, we believe on our strength, she trusted on Gods strength, we are selfish she was selfless and gave life for a new one. May her soul rest in peace!! And let God bless her all kids.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Really appreciable her guts and commitment even on death bed and may her soul rest in peace

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  • Gracy Maria D'cruz, Moodbidri/Dubai

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    The husband didn't know wife had cancer before pregnency. The cancer was diagnosed at the third
    month of her pregnancy. What a sacrifice to give her life, to give life to her child. God will reward
    her abundantly. What if she had died suddenly of some accident or something? Then also her children
    would have been orphaned. God gave her a chance to decide and she decided rightly. Please respect
    the sacrifice she did and don' t blame her or her husband. God will take care of their children through
    good hearted human beings as angels from God.

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  • ignatius, Dubai

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    May God bless the family

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  • Maria, Moodbidri

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    What kind of husband is he? He knew wife has cancer before pregnancy and made her pregnant again. Now all 8 kids are without mother. I dont think father can take care 8 kids by himself surely he will marry another lady and kids will end with Step Mother !!

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  • Maria, Moodbidri

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    What kind of husband is he? He knew wife has cancer before pregnancy and made her pregnant again. Now all 8 kids are without mother. I dont think father can take care 8 kids by himself surely he will marry another lady and kids will end with Step Mother !!

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  • Kumari, Karkala

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    You commented on the basis of reality which is true on part of poor 8 kids and here we see some comments based on catholic belief which is not suited . India is not a western country where government support larger families through social welfare and grants such as free school and medical etc

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    I agree with you Maria, 100 %

    If these people had 8 children because their belief promoted it, what about the remaining catholic couples who limited to 2 or just one child ? Was their belief fake ? Prospective Catholic groom/bride is counselled about family planning, well before the marriage is to take place - precisely by church authorities. Is this a waste ? Being a nurse she should have known to avoid pregnancy without using contraceptive - yes, this is possible. Then, she need not have worried about aborting at all !

    Moreover, the father is a social worker - he has no regular salary. She was the earning member now not bringing any income. What will the man do ? Marry another woman who will bring home money to look after his children ? Secondly, when others use the facilities for just two or one child, why this family is using it eight times ? They aren't educating their children at home ? Medicines aren't produced at home ? The government plans services keeping in mind two children - not multiple.

    Please do not mix faith with your personal compromise because compromise varies family to family but faith is same to all. All other believers are not fools.

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  • Vinod, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Even am shocked... with father not having proper income what will be the fate of 8 children.
    Hope this guy has ancestral property else it will be hell.
    God save them.

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  • Nishar Ahmed, Kuwait / Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    Masha Allah.. She is an inspiration. Her thougts, Corrage and sacrifice is lesson to many.
    Rip great mother. WISHING ALL THE VERY BEST TO KIDS..

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  • Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    She was right about that child in her womb. There is no facility in the world which would have saved that child. People here have commented about having more number of children. But remember once conceived the life is on.

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  • Dr.S.Kamath, Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    She is more hence not wise to comment on her decision
    But my request to other readers
    1.Please take care of your health ,Breast cancel if treated early can save your life .Your life is important for your husband, Children and all other relatives
    2.Try to have only 2 children .India is not rich country .We don't have enough resources
    3.Religion is very important but not above your health
    4.Follow the instructions of your Drs

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  • Surendra Poojari, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    What about those doctors who just squeeze money? We don't have shortage of such doctors in India. So, your advise to follow doctor doesn't seem right. Having number of children is their choice. If they can afford to give them good life, why don't they have 10-12 children. Who told India doesn't have resources? India is rich in resources. Only thing is our politicians eating up our resources and Indians follow their masters even they do blunders.

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  • Chetan, Udupi

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    A martyr in true sense of the word. Risking one's life for an unborn life.....just admire the courage.

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  • ali, mangalore

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    wawh,,, enthaha muddhaada makkalu, idhu devana varadhaana,
    huttisidavanu hullu meyisade irutthaneye?
    chaddigalannu bidi,,,,,, devara mele nambike idi.

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  • ahmed hussain, uchil

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    any how one live on;ly can save she already enjoyed her life her dream was give birth to baby let the baby grow, sensible and sacrifice this is called as woman and human

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  • Cliffy, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    Common sense and rational thinking and priority of values is needed in life. Life of the lady could have been saved if the treatment was taken on time.

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  • Deep, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    She gave birth to the eighth child successfully and made the child orphan. Now all the 8 children are deprived of mothers love.

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  • Deepika, Manglore

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    May god bless u.

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  • Simon Miranda, Kaikamba, Gurpura

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    Commendable family choice I would say. But certainly Pro Life does not mean fostering large families or having more children...ProLife means, rejecting abortion, for life is a gift of God, and if you are against suicides and murders, you should also be against abortion.i think this lady made a choice against a murder. That's all to it. Pro life also means, being responsible Parenthood planning a family you would like by self control on lust,all the while rejecting artificial methods of family planning. That is the way you honor yours as well as spouse's body, respect each other's choices, desires and plans..

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  • Amith shetty, Mangalore, Qatar

    Sun, Dec 31 2017

    Looks like you are putting so much effort to justify her move. Wish you good luck.

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  • Manju, Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    Even after educated she gave birth to 8 kids because of her belief system.
    This is the reason the great mystic Oscho told that anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy. This is the real difference between Religion and Spirituality -

    The belief system make you slave of others.

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  • Luv, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    Agree= 100 %
    That also means believing in any organised religion is stupidity.

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  • Nithya, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    That was a wonderful thought by Osho. Thanks for sharing.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    What a way of life.., an exemplary life by the Mother (Kerala Nurse) by showing gratefulness towards the gift of God by loving child more than herself.

    Can we expect any complement tweets from top political leaders of the country either from ruling and/or from the opposition ...!!!!

    There is no better way than showing love, respect & honor towards the eternal gift..., but sadly human is engaged in lynching, killing, cutting, burning, hitting etc.., let us hope news like this will change the human behavior for good & better.


    jh
    Jai hind..,

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  • Luv, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    Salute to her for risking her life, that too for her eight child.
    But having lots of children with religious motivation is not a good thing for overburdened earth.

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  • hemanth, Bangalore

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    8th child? I guess people need to get educated on family planning. And here govt ban condom ads in prime time. And we blame govt for unemployment.

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  • Ramesh S, MANGALORE

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    ..what kind of person is this..is she machine..8 children!..how she managed these kids..poor lady..

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    Appreciate her faith, world needs many like her. May her soul RIP. Praise the Lord.

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  • SK, MANGALORE

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    I appreciate her faith guts against odds. RIP

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    She gave up her life to save the Child.
    Praise the Lord ...

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  • Sandesh, Udupi

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    Why government recruiting these type people who doesn't care about family planning.

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  • Jamal, Mangalore/Abudhabi

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    Did they ask you or the Govt to adopt the children? There are many in this forum from the both the Majority and Christian community making fun of those who have more than 3 or 4 chidren.

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  • Carol, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    If a family is well to do, to look after how many number of kids they want , why do people have problems. Kids are God's gift. Every person born is by the Will of God.it's not a matter of family planning here. Appreciate the pro life decision she took. To give ones life for another life is a decision only a saint can make.

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  • filomina, usa

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    Government is trying hard and educate people to adopt family planning as previously government has issued slogans such as "Hum do hamari do" etc.I don't know where these people came from?How woman's are treated in this society still as a machine to give birth to child.Very sorry for her death but peoples in this forum still oppose family planning.

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  • Ramesh S, MANGALORE

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    ..Gods gift!..God has given us brain to use it, he should have used it for his wife, kids & his good..

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  • Sandesh, udupi

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    I agree she can have 100 kids but she is using govt facility for free. which is required for other poor families. A govt employee having 8 kids and when she will work for poor people.

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  • CHRISTINE PINTO PRIYA TRAVELS, MANGALORE

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    Dear brother,

    It is not right to take away one life to save another life. That is not Gods plan. Our Almighty Good God knows she has small children. Eighth child is also a God gift to the family.

    I appriciate both mother and father of the child. God will take care of the children including the infant.

    If we trust God God will do good for us. God surely bless these eight children and father.

    For saving the child God will Give reward to our departed Sister. Praise and Thank God for giving such a strong faith to sister Sapna Tracy and brother Joju.
    .

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  • Rajesh, dubai

    Sat, Dec 30 2017

    When people like you electing leaders without knowing how many wife's or how many children they have .......

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