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New Mother Fights Rare Cancer after Giving Birth to Twins

Update Date: Mar 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
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Within minutes of giving birth to two twins, a new mother from upstate New York found out that she had a rare, pregnancy-related cancer. According to reports, Jenna Hinman, 26, was infected with cancer that had spread throughout her body. Hinman is now fighting for her life.

Hinman's cancer went undetected until she reached her 30th week of pregnancy. At this time, she experienced difficulty breathing and was rushed to the hospital where she underwent an emergency Caesarean section. Her twin girls, Kinleigh and Azlynn, came out weighing around three pounds each and were immediately taken to the hospital's neonatal intensive care united (NICU).

"She was really in distress with breathing difficulties," Crouse Hospital's spokeswoman Cheryl Abrams told ABC News. "It was a situation where the babies were in distress, too."

Right after her twin girls were taken away for care, Hinman started coughing up blood. Her doctors placed her under a medical coma and discovered that she had stage three choriocarinoma, which is a fast growing cancer that manifests in the uterus during a pregnancy. Along with the cancer, Hinman was also suffering from a chest and lung infection that caused her to bleed internally.

"I walked up to her bed and grabbed her hand and said 'honey it's me. I love you, you're doing great.' And as I was talking she shook her head yes," Husband and new father, Brandon Hinman, a sergeant in the U.S. Army at Fort Drum, said reported by the New York Daily News.

He added, according to FOX News, "My hope is that my wife stands up, holds my hand, we have the girls and we walk out of this hospital."

Hinman is currently being treated with heavy doses of chemotherapy. She is currently hooked up to an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine that is helping her breathe after her lungs stopped functioning. The ECMO machine alone can cost up to $100,000 per day. The family has started a "Go Fund Me" page and a "Prayers for Jenna" page on for financial and emotional support. So far, they have raised over $100,000.

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