A mum who was told by doctors that she was infertile and had just months to live is over the moon after giving birth to a miracle baby boy, and wants to inspire others "not to give up".
Helen Dixon, 35, from Leeds, was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer in 2015, seven months after she says medics misdiagnosed her symptoms as a miscarriage .
With two older daughters, Helen was desperate to have a son with husband Paul. Although she was told by doctors she had just months to live and would miscarry if she attempted to get pregnant again, Helen decided to "stick two fingers up to that".
Last year, cleaner Helen was given the amazing news that her cancer was no longer growing, and the couple were searching for a surrogate mother when Helen woke up one morning and said she just knew she was pregnant.
In a "bizarre" twist of fate, the scar tissue from her cancer made her cervix stronger and helped support the pregnancy.
The happy couple have now welcomed "perfect" baby son Harvey George, who was allowed home this week after being born early via an emergency caesarean section, weighing just 3lb 5oz.
Helen said: "It was really strange. One day I woke up and I said 'I feel really pregnant'.
"I was scared, excited and nervous at the same time. I was rushed for an emergency scan and found out I was three and a half weeks gone.
"The doctors were shocked because they'd told me it couldn't happen. They called him a little miracle.
"They didn't even expect me to last this long. In 2015, they gave me months.
"I was really nervous until I reached 28 weeks. The doctors said if I reached 28 weeks, they would be happy because of the success rates.
"I was hoping for a boy. I've got two girls and the thought of raising him and watching him grow has given us something to look forward to. Especially because of what my girls missed out on when I was ill. He's made the family complete.
"We were determined to have another child, that's why we were looking for a surrogate. I wanted to give Paul a son because he didn't have any of his own."
In 2015, Helen was told her symptoms were just her body recovering from a miscarriage, but a smear test revealed she had cancer. She was given months to live.
She has been told her cancer can't currently be detected by doctors, but it will eventually come back. However, the new mum has insisted she feels "perfect".
Landscape gardener and new dad Paul said Helen's positivity is keeping the cancer at bay.
The proud husband said: "Harvey really is our little miracle baby, there have been ups and downs but he's gorgeous and really well behaved.
"It's so much to get our heads around. We'd begun looking for a surrogate and were going through interviews, then the next thing we know Helen was pregnant.
"The doctors were just as shocked as we were.
"The cancer did us a favour in a way. Helen's cervix doesn't work but the cancer was acting as a cervix, it's bizarre. There was lots of scar tissue from the cancer that which kept the pregnancy going by making her cervix stronger."
He added: "We're just enjoying life, but we know the cancer will come back.
"She's such a fighter, that's where I get my strength. I would have cracked if she hadn't been so positive and strong.
"On my bad days she's lifted me back up again. She wouldn't give up."
Helen is already mum to Lucy, 20, and Hannah, 13, who she said are "over the moon" with their new brother.
Helen had an emergency caesarean section at 32 weeks as Harvey's heart rate dropped, and the tiny tot spent 16 days in a neo-natal unit before being discharged on June 29.
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