Published On: Fri, Apr 22nd, 2016

New York mom Kim Vaillancourt delivers ‘miracle baby’ Wyatt Eli after delaying cancer treatment

A New York mother, Kim Vaillancourt, has revealed her inspiring story, which is making headlines after her son’s birth. Denying cancer treatment to shield her unborn baby from potential side effects, Kim rejoices in the birth of Wyatt Eli, called a miracle baby.

Kim’s story began with harsh headaches during the Christmas holidays and was concerned for her baby, and so she made a doctor appointment.

The doctor had devastating news: Kim had Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.  There were actually two brain tumors: one on the right frontal lobe, the other on the base of the brain. Kim was already 20 weeks pregnant and was rushed to emergency surgery to remove the tumors.

Praying Hands (Betende Hände) by Albrecht Dürer

Praying Hands (Betende Hände) by Albrecht Dürer

Doctors offered traditional treatment, but included aborting her baby so she can begin chemotherapy.

Kim was determined to save her baby as well.  Not only did she decide to give birth, she wanted to carry her baby as long as humanly possible, even though that meant risking her own life.

Kim delayed life-saving chemotherapy and radiation because, as local television station WGRZ put it, “her unborn child is her first priority.”

“I’ve got to give baby a chance,” the devoted mother of six explained.

Wyatt Eli was born one month premature at 4 pounds, 7 ounces.

Kim and her husband Phil call little Wyatt Eli their “miracle baby” who saved Kim’s life, because she would not have gone to the doctor for headaches except for the fact that she was pregnant with the precious little guy.

“We definitely feel that God put that baby in her for a reason… to save her life,” Phil said. “If it wasn’t for the baby, she probably would’ve never gone to the hospital.”

Kim anticipates beginning chemo and radiation soon, especially since Wyatt is coming home.

The life expectancy for a person with Kim’s level of Glioblastoma, “Grade 4,” the highest and most serious degree of the cancer, is just over a year.

So Kim prays for peace.  “I don’t want to leave Phil with six kids and one of them being super sick.  He’s trying to take care of so many kids, so whatever I can do, I’m going to do it,” Kim told WGRZ.

“I want to see my kids get married. I want to see them graduate. I want to see them go to college. The big stuff,” she said.


Wyatt Eli’s name means, “Brave little warrior, sent by God.”

This heroic couple asks for the prayers of prolifers everywhere.  A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help them.

photo Simon Dean Media via Flickr

photo Simon Dean Media via Flickr

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