A woman whose father was diagnosed with terminal cancer says giving him her breast milk to drink added an extra year to his life.
Helen Fitzsimmons, 40, expressed and froze her baby son’s milk for her father Arthur, who was suffering from myeloma cancer and prostate cancer, The Mirror reported.
She even enlisted a breastfeeding friend to donate her milk too.
Fitzsimmons, from Cheltenham, had read numerous studies that found breast milk can boost the immune system and after speaking with her father, they decided it was worth trying.
The 73-year-old began drinking 2fl. oz of breast milk a day and Fitzsimmons said that almost immediately his protein levels stopped rising.
She says that when her father added an extra 1fl. oz donated by her friends, his protein levels actually began to decrease.
There’s nothing to suggest that anything else other than the breast milk caused this to happen.
In fact, when he later dropped to having just half an ounce of breast milk a day the levels raised again.
Her dad died in Easter last year, 16 months after first drinking the breast milk.
Despite the sceptical attitude of doctors, the mother of two believes that the milk added an extra 12 months to his life.
Of course we can’t prove it medically but it gave him hope – and hope is so important in battling cancer.