Woman dies after 'pregnancy' turned out to be huge tumour
Demi Wright was only 22 when she died just a few weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
The makeup artist first suffered pain in her side in November 2015, and was initially sent to the maternity ward as her body was producing hormones commonly associated with pregnancy.
However, doctors soon established that the hormones were coming from a 12 cm tumour growing inside her, and diagnosed her with terminal adenocarcinoma, which had spread throughout her body. Wright died only three weeks later.
Wright’s family members are "devastated" by their loss and are now trying to raise money in her memory. They have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
"Demi had an infectious, beautiful smile and it showed her personality off," Wright’s father, Chris, told the Daily Gazette. "When we found out the cancer was terminal, she lifted herself up, she patted the bed and said, 'Dad, come and sit here'. She gave me a big hug and said: 'It's going to be OK’. The next day, she passed away."
"We feel robbed," said Wright's boyfriend, Mitch Gregory. "It needs to be stressed how much courage she had. She's our inspiration now."
Adenocarcinoma is the name given to a cancer of the glandular tissue, which can occur in different parts of the body.
Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, told The Huffington Post: "In this unfortunate case, it occurred in the patient’s endometrial tissue. This type of growth is also known as a molar pregnancy.
"Initially, a molar pregnancy acts in the same way as a conventional pregnancy, tests are positive due to the release of the HDG hormone and there is a growth in the uterus. It is only when the patient comes for their 12-week scan that a molar pregnancy is detected.
"The cells need to be removed and most women can expect a full recovery. However, close follow-up is needed because there is a small chance of developing a type of cancer, as appears to be the case with this patient.
"If a cancer does develop, effective treatment is available and most women can be cured."
Demi's funeral was held today, Monday March 14, at Colchester Crematorium Chapel in Mersea Road, where guests were invited to wear something yellow. The service was by a celebration of Demi’s life at the local TA Centre.
Donate to the GoFundMe page in memory of Demi Wright here.