Baby of Mom Who Refused Cancer Treatment Dies

Baby of Mom Who Refused Cancer Treatment Dies

The DeKlyen's daughter, Life Lynn, was born via cesarean at 5:30 p.m. September 6, weighing only 1 pound, 4 ounces, and was immediately placed in the neonatal intensive care unit at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, USA Today reported. She was delivered at just 24 weeks and five days.

Doctors monitored Life Lynn's progress, waiting for her to grow. In it, she was rocking her newborn baby girl.

Carrie DeKlyen declined to participate in a clinical trial or undergo treatment for the brain cancer, because it would have meant ending her pregnancy. "But we are burying her with Carrie", Nelson says.

Nick DeKlyen, Carrie's husband, has said their decisions were rooted in their Christian faith.

The couple's kids - Elijah, 18, Isaiah, 16, Nevaeh, 11, Leila, 4, and Jez, 2 - have been staying with relatives in recent weeks as the family handled the ordeal. Last week we reported that the baby, whose mom refused chemotherapy or experimental cancer treatments to save her, was in the NICU and expected to be there for four or five months.

Nick DeKlyen shouted out a question to God on Thursday, one day after losing the premature baby daughter his wife died trying to save.

On Thursday, however, he told The Detroit News that before his wife died she told him she had a dream in which she was rocking a baby girl. "She felt sad that Life had to go too". They do not think she is going to make it. Nick is on his way to Ann Arbor now.

This time, it was inoperable: Doctors told the DeKlyens that all they could do was to keep taking out the fluid accumulating in Carrie's brain to relieve the pain, her husband said. "She would give her children, her family, her friends anything", she said.

"The thing people don't understand is that glioblastoma is a terminal cancer", Nelson said.

The Detroit mother chose to forgo cancer treatment so that she could give birth to the little girl.

"I have no explanation of why this happened, but I do know Jesus loves us and someday we will know why", the Facebook post said.

Then she found out she was pregnant with her sixth child. "I'm 39. It feels like I've blinked; I don't even know where my life went". I will update again tomorrow.

"My wife loves the Lord and she loves her children more than anything", Nick DeKlyen said after his wife's death. Nick said doctors told him they would do what they could to keep the child growing. "She was 100 percent healthy before this", her sister-in-law, Sonya Deklyen told TODAY. "I never thought it would be heaven, but I know that is what she is doing". She was rocking her daughter in heaven.

A GoFundMe campaign seeking $200,000 to assist the family has already reached more than $170,000.

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