A young mum has revealed she will live to see her daughter grow up thanks to a miracle drug for cystic fibrosis.
Chantelle Millward, 24, was previously told a lung transplant was her only option and was given just two years to live.
However, shortly after receiving that devastating news, the mum-of-one was offered a place on a drug trial for Orkambi – a treatment for cystic fibrosis that massively improved her health.
A year later, Chantelle fell pregnant with her daughter Arya Amari Edwards, despite thinking she would never have luck conceiving.
However, Chantelle was told her pregnancy would be difficult and she may not be around to see Arya get older – but new drug Kaftrio has changed that.
Chantelle has been told she is eligible for the drug after the NHS approved a deal to make it available in England.
“I didn’t believe it at first because the doctors had said the time scale was more like two years. I just burst out crying,” she said. “My doctor spoke to me today and said it will be in my hands in 30 to 60 days.”
Experts have said Kaftrio has the potential to increase life expectancy and radically change quality of life.
Chantelle added to the MEN: “It’s really emotional because having this drug in my life hopefully sometime soon will mean I can get to see my little girl grow up without worrying that she’s not going to have mum. I can make memories with her.
“It’s just amazing. I just know that I’ve got to live my life as best as I can for her. I’ll be able to hopefully run around the park without getting out of breath.”
Sadly, Chantelle has lost some close friends to cystic fibrosis over the years – which is an inherited disease caused by a faulty gene that causes sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive system.
Bursting into happy tears, Chantelle added that she was “just so happy” that her little wouldn’t have to grow up without a mother.