Woman, 24, dies from cancer after surgery put on hold at start of lockdown

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Amelia Grace, 24, was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in December 2020 after she went to the doctor in January of the same year with her partner Jay Potter, 26, to undergo fertility checks

Amelia Grace, 24, was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in December 2020
Amelia Grace, 24, was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in December 2020

A woman who had her fertility treatment put on hold in lockdown has died after suffering stomach pains.

Amelia Grace, 24, was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in December 2020.

She went to the doctor in January 2020 with her partner Jay Potter, 26, to undergo fertility checks in the hope of starting a family together, the Liverpool Echo reports.

It was discovered she had fluid on her fallopian tubes and she was told she needed keyhole surgery to remove at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

The surgery was put on hold at the start of lockdown in March 2020 and Amelia was told she would have to wait three months for an appointment.

Amelia and her partner Jay Potter were hoping to start a family together
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She then started experiencing severe stomach pains and went to see her GP.

She was referred to Broadgreen Hospital for a scan and the results found she had cysts on her ovaries including endometrial cysts.

It wasn’t until the keyhole surgery in December 2020 that doctors found she had cancer after taking a biopsy.

In the same month, Amelia was given the devastating news that she had stage four bowel cancer which has also spread to her liver.

Amelia had stage four bowel cancer that has also spread to her liver
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Despite undergoing chemotherapy, Amelia died on October 20 of this year.

Before she died, Amelia wanted to raise awareness for young people.

She previously told The Echo: “I don’t think people realise what people can go through. I never imagined me getting bowel cancer at 23.

“The amount of people I’ve had messaging me since I put my story on Facebook asking about symptoms they’ve had.

“You don’t realise how many young girls are going through stuff, I think a lot of us just put it down to girl problems.”

Amelia had stage four bowel cancer that has also spread to her liver
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Amelia Grace)

Amelia added: “I’ve just got to remember there are other people worse off in the world than me.

“I’ve got a good family and boyfriend and a good support system around me. You can’t let yourself get down, you’ve got to stay positive.”

Mum Therese told the ECHO how everyone was blown away by Amelia’s “kindness and bravery”.

She said her daughter always had a positive outlook and would often say “there are kids who have it worse than me”.

She said: “Two days before she died she had her nails done, her eyebrows and eyelashes done, as a 24-year-old that’s really important.

“Marie Curie nurses arranged that they arranged it and paid for it, it was just little things like that which made her feel looked after and safe.”

Therese is keen to carry on Amelia’s memory by raising awareness for the symptoms of cancers and making sure young people don’t hesitate to be seen by doctors if they suspect something is not right.

Nurse Claire Greene-Price who helped care for Amelia will be taking part in ‘Brave the Shave’ and shaving her head to raise money for the Marie Curie after being touched by Amelia’s journey.

The brave the shave will be Saturday December 11 in The Liffey Bar on Renshaw Street, Liverpool City Centre.

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