A woman is believed to have become the first in the world to have three children after surgery for cervical cancer.
Svetkul Baiyshbek had just had her first son at the age of 27 before she was diagnosed with cancer in 2005.
Doctors told her that it was unlikely she would be able to have any more children.
(File picture) Svetkul Baiyshbek has become the first in the world to have three children after surgery for cervical cancer
Surgeons usually remove the entire womb in such cases, but because Miss Baiyshbek desperately wanted to have more children, doctors at Antwerp University hospital decided to attempt a less invasive technique.
'We removed only part of the womb,' gynaecologist Professor Wiebren Tjalma said yesterday.
'We wanted to give her a chance to have a second child.'
In 2006, a year after her operation, Miss Baiyshbek had son Wiebren, becoming one of around 600 women in the world who have given birth to one child after beating cervical cancer.
In 2010, she gave birth to another child, Bainur, a feat achieved by only 150 women.
Doctors now believe that the birth of her latest child, daughter Lavenda, has made her unique.
Miss Baiyshbek, now 36, said: 'I always dreamed of having a big family. The cancer was not going to stop me.'
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