Brave mum-of-seven died of cancer aged 42 just months after giving birth

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A brave mum-of-seven has died of cancer aged just 42 – only months after giving birth.

Samantha King died just weeks after being told that what she thought was a chest infection was in fact cancer overwhelming her lungs and bones.

She thought giving birth to Lilah, in August, had left her feeling run down but when antibiotics didn't work she was sent for tests and scans.

The results of the tests found there were different cancers which were advanced.

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On Monday they paid tribute to the loving mum and grandmother from Gloucester, who family said would do anything for her children.

The family were given the news that Samantha had limited time and the family called for the children and husband Craig to visit the hospital on Sunday, October 11.

The children had been told that their mother was very poorly and she would pass away soon, something some of the family members had tried to protect them from.

Samantha married her husband Craig less than two weeks ago on October 3 in a simple ceremony at Shire Hall.

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Her sister, Christine Phelps from Gloucester said: “It is all so raw and really doesn’t seem real. I keep waiting for her to call.

“Saw the children this morning and they hugged me tight and said they love me.

“Over the past seven weeks, non stop appointments, and the wedding.

“Now this. I feel lost.”

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Christine, 30, with Samantha’s daughter, Kyra Limbrick, 23 from Tuffley, Glos, looked to prepare the five younger children that their mum was very poorly. They then went to see their mum.

Christine said: “Sam said to the children, that no matter where she is in the world, she will always be watching over them through the good and the bad.

“Really it was so hard to have to prepare the children telling them that mummy was going to die. We had to tell them and give them the chance to say goodbye.”

Kyra said: “I said to the children that heaven needed angels, and that mummy was the best and most beautiful angel they could find.

“Mum and I did everything together, taking the children to school and having our eyebrows done.

“I am going to miss my best friend as well as my mother. I am never going to say goodbye to mother just farewell to my best friend for now.”

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