Former professional footballer announces pregnancy following cancer battles

A former footballer has revealed his wife is pregnant with their ‘miracle’ second child after battling cancer twice

Joe Thompson, who played for Rochdale AFC, told the Manchester Evening News that ‘miracles do happen’ after his wife, Chantelle, fell pregnant naturally after a heartbreaking journey following his stem cell transplant.

The couple, who are already parents to a daughter, Thailula Lily, announced the news via their Instagram page and said baby Thompson is due in August 2022.

They were dealt a devastating blow last year when their son, named Dre, died before he was born.

Joe, who retired from football in 2019, told his 16,000 followers: “After years of IVF and the heartbreaking loss of our son Dre last year. We have been blessed with a natural miracle baby.”

“Never let anyone define your destiny they said it can not be done!.

“They said a natural pregnancy wouldn’t be possible after a stem cell replacement, but here we are defying the odds.”

Joe beat nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014 after six months of chemotherapy

In 2017 it was confirmed his cancer had returned with a tumour in his chest. He had to leave the beloved game while he underwent treatment – and a stem cell transplant – but returned to play for Rochdale after he beat it for a second time.

He now works with football clubs around the UK as a motivational speaker and radio presenter.

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