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Mom dies from rare pregnancy-related cancer 2 months after giving birth to twins

Jenna Himan and husband

Last month we told you about a mom who denied cancer treatment to save her unborn child and then died weeks after giving birth.

Now there's another sad story about a woman who contracted a rare cancer during her pregnancy and died Monday, just two months after giving birth.

'Jenna fought this disease with everything she had and we are so proud of her amazing courage and for blessing the world with two precious little angels,' says a note from friends on a 'Prayers for Jenna' Facebook page.

Two months ago, Jenna Hinman, 26, was rushed to hospital when she had trouble breathing. She was given an emergency C-section to deliver her daughters, Kinleigh and Azlynn, who were nine weeks early and weighed 3 pounds each.

She was able to see her newborns before they were taken to another hospital. But that was the only time she saw them.

After delivery, she started coughing up blood and her breathing got worse. Doctors diagnosed her with a rare cancer called choriocarcinoma, which filled her body with tumors and lesions. Dr. Wiley Bunn told the cancer forms in the placenta but spreads quickly. It is seen in fewer than one in 160,000 cases. The National Library of Medicine says it most often occurs with a complete hydatidiform mole, a growth that form in the uterus. The abnormal tissue can continue to grow even after it is removed, and can turn into cancer. About half of all women with a choriocarcinoma had a hydatidiform mole, or molar pregnancy.

On March 6, she was put in a medically induced coma. Her husband Brandon, a US Army Sgt. based at Fort Drum, was by her side as a team of local and international doctors tried to save her.

A GoFundMe page established to help the family cover medical expenses has raised more than $169,000.

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