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MI woman forgoes cancer treatment to have sixth child

12 September 2017

A MI woman who sacrificed the chance to prolong her life to give birth to her sixth child died Saturday - three days after delivering the newborn.

Doctors took off Carrie's feeding and breathing tubes on Thursday, the day after she gave birth to daughter Life Lynn DeKlyen.

United States mum Carrie DeKlyen, 37, gave birth to her sixth child on Wednesday but sadly died just days later at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor surrounded by her family.

"I'll tell her that mommy did this because she loves you and she is in Heaven and we'll see her again - soon, soon".

Just two weeks after her diagnosis, Carrie and her husband Nick learned they were pregnant with their sixth child.

"It's in God's hands now". Doctors told the 37-year-old they could treat her rapidly growing tumor but they would beed to terminate her pregnancy to do so.

"We're just a normal family", sister-in-law Sonya Nelson told local media in August.

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"We gave up all of Carrie's treatments to give Life a chance to survive, Nick said. As you can imagine our world is crumbling".

"But it was Carrie's decision and I said, 'What do you want to do?' he said".

In June, Mrs DeKleyn, who is pro-life, had a catheter inserted to relieve fluid from her brain after suffering vomit-inducing headaches.

Life Lynn was born prematurely, at 24 weeks and five days into the pregnancy and weighing 1 pound, four ounces (567 grams).

Nick says that her wife's final act was selfless and that that because of that she will never be forgotten.

Family members said the baby was doing well considering the circumstances. "She's going to be here [in the neonatal intensive care unit] for 4 or 5 months, but we expect her to be a healthy baby. The doctor just said the timing (of the birth) couldn't have been more ideal".

Carrie's death also was confirmed by the GoFundMe site and Facebook page the family created to share updates about her pregnancy and condition.

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"We have an awesome family", Nelson had said in August. It was a hard time for him and the family because they were really happy for the baby being born but they knew Carrie was hours away from dying.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for a friend", read the post.

She died surrounded by her family, including the couple's other five kids: Elijah, 18, Isaiah, 16, Nevaeh, 11, Leila, 4, and Jez, 2.

Nick said his family has a strong Christian faith.

"We stayed by her until she took her last breath", Nick DeKlyen told AP.

It's painful. But this is what she wanted.

"She wanted this, but it's tough", he said.

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A GoFundMe campaign seeking to raise $150,000 to assist with family expenses had raised nearly $125,000 as of Monday afternoon.

MI woman forgoes cancer treatment to have sixth child