Heartbreak as miracle mum who defied doctors to give birth dies aged 32

Vivienne McDonald with her husband Kenny and their son Jacob.

A woman who battled a terminal illness long enough to have a “miracle” baby has died.

Doctors told Vivienne McDonald two-and-a-half years ago that she was suffering from lung disease pulmonary fibrosis and that she would be lucky to survive the year.

The Tele previously told of the “miracle” after Vivienne and husband Kenny, of Wellbank, found out she was pregnant despite being told that she couldn’t have children.

But the couple always knew that she wouldn’t live to see Jacob grow up — with her also suffering from a myriad of other illnessess including dermatomyositis, pulmonary fibrosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis and Type 2 diabetes.

The 32-year-old died last weekend.

Kenny paid tribute to his “incredible wife” and said “she was the most generous person in the world”.

He said: “Her biggest dream in life was to become a mum — and she did that against the odds. She was such an amazing human being. She didn’t care about any material things — she just wanted to help people.

“I am on my own with the wee boy now, but there will always be a part of her in him. It isn’t the same, but at least she is still with me in some way.

“She deserves to still be here, but she was just so tired. She had fought so hard. She just kept getting more unwell and she ended up in hospital for a week with liver and kidney failure. She managed to fight back and was discharged from hospital, but I think she knew — she was just so tired of fighting.

“Viv said she wasn’t going back to the hospital — she just wanted to be with the people she loved.

Vivienne with baby Jacob

“She had nine miscarriages and was told that she would never have kids — then she was told she was terminally ill.

“When she was pregnant, it was at the stage where doctors asked who they should save — Viv or Jacob — and she told them they had to save him if it came to it.

“She was more than willing to give her life for the little one to survive.

“When he was born, against the odds, she just lived for him. She made sure that she got one birthday and a Christmas with him.”

Kenny said that the way his wife tackled her illness was “inspiring” — with her launching fundraisers and campaigns for those supporting her.

Lesley May, the senior charge midwife who cared for Vivienne during her pregnancy, also paid tribute to the “lovely and generous person”.

She said: “She was really thoughtful and she always thought of others.

“Vivienne was so excited about meet Jacob and she has left a wonderful legacy for him as he grows.”

Vivienne’s family have set up a fundraising page to “give her the send-off that she deserves”.

To contribute to Vivienne’s funeral fund, visit gofundme.com/a-perfect-send-off-for-vivvy.

Her funeral will be held at Dundee Crematorium on Monday at 12.30pm. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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