Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by JIMMY McCLOSKEY jimmy.mccloskey@dai­lystar.co.uk

A WOMAN dubbed Octomum af­ter hav­ing eight chil­dren has been rocked by a can­cer scare.

Marie Buchan has had her womb re­moved fol­low­ing an ab­nor­mal smear test re­sult.

But it hasn’t stopped her dream­ing of mak­ing her fam­ily even big­ger and she is hop­ing to adopt an­other two kids.

Marie, from Birm­ing­ham’s Selly Oak, said: “I had the first ab­nor­mal smear in March. Like a lot of women, I ig­nored it.

“Even­tu­ally I went to see the doc­tor, who ad­vised that be­cause I had so many kids the risk of can­cer was much higher, and that I should have a pre­cau­tion­ary hys­terec­tomy.”

The mum added: “In the end I went for it, and there it was. There were can­cer­ous cells.

“I had no warn­ing, no ill­ness or any­thing like that. I had no idea what was go­ing on in­side my body.

“It was a big shock to think, ‘Oh my god, how far is the can­cer gone, can they take it away?’ I thought I was go­ing to die.

“The first time I went to hospi­tal I got all the shop­ping in and warned the kids that mummy wasn’t very well, not telling them that I might never come home.

“There was al­ways that chance, you just never know. It’s a very emo­tional time.”

Marie caught the skin in­fec­tion cel­luli­tis dur­ing her re­cov­ery and was forced to spend two weeks in hospi­tal.

She had pre­vi­ously thought her brood of eight chil­dren was large enough, but when the op­tion of con­ceiv­ing nat­u­rally was re­moved Marie de­cided that she wanted more kids.

She ex­plained: “I’m 36, I’ve got eight great kids.

“I was al­ways happy with that, but hav­ing this op­er­a­tion, and hav­ing the choice to have more kids my­self taken away has made me a bit broody.

“I’m now se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing adopt­ing. I would like to round my fam­ily up to 10 chil­dren. That’s a nice round num­ber.”

Marie is also back on her £31,000-a-year ben­e­fits, but said she is “sick” of liv­ing on hand­outs. She trained as a mo­tor me­chanic but ear­lier this year moaned she couldn’t find a job as she was “too beau­ti­ful” to work in a garage be­cause men kept “perv­ing” over her.

Marie has also been forced to sell the £500 horse she bought ear­lier this year for just £100 as she’s too sick to care for him, but has vowed to buy an­other.

■ BROODY: Marie has eight kids but wants to adopt two more

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