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Anna Radosz,27, should always be remembered as a hero who put the life of her unborn child ahead of her own.

Diagnosed with a potentially fatal form of skin cancer while she was pregnant, Radosz declined to take her child's life in an abortion so she could save her own and thereby delayed the chemotherapy treatments that could have helped her.

Radosz ultimately gave birth to her son, Oscar prematurely at 36 weeks into pregnancy, waiting as long as she could to give him the best chance of life but ending the pregnancy as quickly as she could to begin receiving the cancer treatments.

Despite chemotherapy, the cancer spread to Anna's lungs and a brain tumor developed.

Told that conventional treatment would give her only a 10 percent chance of surviving, she chose a pioneering gene therapy at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital to give her more time with Oscar.

"I'll move heaven and earth to get more time with my precious baby. I could have a year, maybe six months or even less, but I'll do anything to live to be a mother to my baby," the Scotsman newspaper quoted her as saying at the time.

Her story touched the hearts of people in her native Poland as media accounts of her tale spread and officials at the hospital agreed to take her after part of the funds needed were raised on her behalf.

However, last week, just days before she was slated to begin the therapy, she became ill during a visit with relatives in Poland. She went to the hospital and entered a coma and never recovered.

This selfless and Christian act cost Anna her own life and the 27 year-old woman died this week. She is a hero. We should pray for her, her family, and that we would have the courage to act so bravely.

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