A mum with terminal cancer is "absolutely devastated" at the thought of her kids being taken into care when she dies.

Mum-of-four Emma Jammeh has been given just months to live.

The 35-year-old began suffering with severe stomach pain last March, but put off going to see a doctor.

"I had stomach pains back in March/April time but with everything with Covid I thought I'm not going to go to hospital - especially as I had three children at home. I didn't want to make a fuss with everything," she said.

However, just months later, doctors told her she had incurable stomach and ovarian cancer, and just months to live, reports Wales Online.

Terminally ill mum Emma Jammeh cuddles her youngest son, Lorenzo Hayman
Emma with her youngest son, Lorenzo Hayman

Emma, from Barry, south Wales, has four children: Morwen 17, Francis 16, Smyler 14 and three-year-old Lorenzo. She also has a grandson, Kian, who is one.

It was only in June when Emma struggled to move was she rushed to The University Hospital of Wales where she was told that she had a strangulated hernia, two holes in her stomach and a stomach ulcer.

In a matter of weeks, Emma was told not only that she had both stomach and uterus cancer but that these has progressed so far and were now terminal.

"I knew I had stomach cancer and was coming to terms with that - but then to be told It is incurable, well it's just devastating. I have four children, a two-year old, it's just awful," she said.

Teminally ill Emma Jammeh leans on a red fence outdoors
The mum from Barry, south Wales, was given just months to live

"My first thought went straight to my children, to the baby. It's hard too, I have an older son who has ADHD, I was thinking who will be there for them."

Emma is now currently undergoing chemotherapy to try and treat the cancers but unfortunately was told she would have between six and 12 months to live.

Emma said that the chemotherapy will not cure the tumours but instead shrink them. She says the focus now is on quality of life over quantity.

Close up of terminally ill mum Emma Jammeh
The mum wants her children to be cared for her by her sister

"Over the last few weeks I've actually been doing well. Despite the chemo I haven't felt as good as this in about a year.

"I think it must be the treatment, even though it does make me feel rough at first. I've just had my third session and I have struggled a bit - I think it's the worry of everything.

"Despite the time they gave me I feel okay, I'm feeling better which makes me more positive towards the future prospects."

She said that should the treatment make her too ill to enjoy her last months she would stop treatment.

After receiving the devastating diagnosis in November, Emma and her family set up a fundraising page to pay for legal fees to make her sister the children's legal guardian.

However, despite initial assurances that this would be fine, the family now say that they have been informed by social services that the children will be put into care should Emma pass away.

"I'm absolutely devastated, I don't understand why we were told that it would be okay just for them to change their mind.

Terminally ill mum Emma Jammeh smiles at her youngest son, Lorenzo Hayman as he plays on a wall
The mum wants her children to be cared for with love

"I've got to try and do everything now to try and fight it - while I'm fighting my own battle.

Emma had initially hoped to change the guardianship of the children before social services would need to get involved.

"I've written my will with MarieCurie, this is the last but most important thing to get sorted for me now - making sure the children are okay.

"This is just another battle for me but I'm just absolutely terrified to be honest. I'm having to fight all this when I really should be fighting the illness."

Emma says she has make the decision to tell her children what will happen to them should something happen to her.

"The older two are fine, one doesn't mind going into supported accommodation and my 14 year old doesn't mind foster care as he wants to keep links to the area. It's the baby who is my main concern."

Emma had hoped that the children would be able to be cared for by her sister after she passed away however she says social services have said this will not be possible.

"My sister is devastated, she's in absolute bits. In her mind, not only is she losing me but losing the children too.

"I don't think there's any words to describe this whole ordeal of the cancer and now this, I constantly think 'how can this be happening.

A Vale of Glamorgan Council spokesperson said: “We are unable to comment on individual cases. In such sad circumstances we would always work closely with the family to ensure that the future wellbeing of the children is paramount.”