“Her biggest dream in life was to become a mum” — Husband leads tributes to brave Angus woman

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Kenny, Vivienne and baby Jacob earlier this year.

An Angus woman who battled a terminal illness long enough to give birth has died aged 32.

Doctors told Vivienne McDonald two-and-a-half years ago that she was suffering from the lung disease pulmonary fibrosis and that she would be lucky to survive the year.

Vivienne and husband Kenny, of Wellbank, found out she was pregnant, despite being told that she could not have children.

The couple always knew that she would not live to see Jacob grow up.

She died last weekend, after a long battle against a number of illnesses, including dermatomyositis, pulmonary fibrosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis and Type 2 diabetes.

Kenny paid tribute to his “incredible wife” and said “she was the most generous person in the world”.

He said: “Her biggest dream in life was to become a mum – and she did that against the odds.

“She was such an amazing human being. She didn’t care about any material things – she just wanted to help people.

“I am on my own with the wee boy now, but there will always be a part of her in him.

“It isn’t the same, but at least she is still with me in some way.

“She deserves to still be here. She just kept getting more unwell and she ended up in hospital for a week with liver and kidney failure.

“She managed to fight back and was discharged from hospital, but I think she knew – she was just so tired of fighting.

“Viv said she wasn’t going back to the hospital – she just wanted to be with the people she loved.

“She had nine miscarriages and was told that she would never have kids – then she was told she was terminally ill.”

A fundraising page has been set up to help with the family’s funeral costs.

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