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Mum diagnosed with cancer two months after giving birth dies

An Auckland mother has died following a cancer battle that started just weeks after giving birth to her son.
Rebecca Hyndman

Rebecca Hyndman

Rebecca Hyndman was over the moon to welcome baby Ben in November, having tried to get pregnant for three years with her husband, Jeff.

But shortly after giving birth, Rebecca discovered a lump in her stomach.

Tests revealed that it was a gastric tumour, and Rebecca was told she probably had just months to live.

On Wednesday morning, a social media page set up in her memory announced that the mum of one had passed away.

A statement read: “”With a heavy heart we are letting you all know at 05.55 this morning the aspirational Rebecca Hyndman died peacefully with her most beloved husband by her side.”

“To Rebecca’s whanau, our thoughts are with you all at this hard time. Her strength and positivity in even the darkest moments were inspiring. Moe mai ra e te Rangatira. Shine bright our darling angel, gone but never forgotten.”

One of Rebecca’s friends set up a crowd funding page at the end of last year, in the hope of providing some financial security to her husband and their new born.

The amount raised currently stands at $115,000.

Rebecca previously said she was “overwhelmed” by the support she had received from friends and strangers alike.

“It helps make the day a little brighter. Before I leave I have promised everything will be in order,” she said.

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