Mom Gives Her Family A Gift They Never Expected After Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer
A mom who opted not to treat her brain cancer to save her unborn baby's life has given birth to a baby girl named Life. Keep reading for the full story!
A Michigan mom with a deadly form of brain cancer has given birth to a baby girl months after she opted out of traditional treatments to save her daughter’s life.
37-year-old Carrie DeKlyen gave birth to her daughter, Life Lynn DeKlyen, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at University Hospital in Ann Arbor.
According to DeKlyen's sister-in-law, Sonya Nelson, the baby girl is doing "as well as could be expected" after doctors were forced to deliver her early.
Carrie and her husband, Nick DeKlyen, were stunned earlier this year when doctors discovered that Carrie had glioblastoma—the deadliest form of brain cancer.
With a husband and five kids at home, Carrie had planned to fight the dismal diagnosis with a trial treatment.
Then, while doctors were still running tests before the trial, Carrie and Nick were left floored once again when they discovered that Carrie was pregnant with the couple’s sixth child.
They had two options: terminate the pregnancy and continue the trial or carry on with the pregnancy and stop the trial.
Carrie, who already knew that her chances of overcoming her diagnosis were slim to none, decided she wanted to give her baby a fighting chance.
“The doctor said if you don’t terminate this baby, Carrie, you will die,” Nick told PEOPLE earlier this year. “But it was Carrie’s decision and I said ‘What do you want to do?’ She said, ‘We’re keeping it.’ ”
By August, Carrie was in a vegetative state, but doctors hoped she could just hold on long enough to deliver her baby, whose name was going to be Life no matter what.
Earlier this week, doctors finally made the bold decision to deliver Life early, knowing Carrie didn’t have much time left.
"The doctors ran tests (Wednesday) and extensive ultrasounds - she wasn't even moving and was very sick," Nelson said, adding that the baby was born at 24 weeks and 5 days. "My brother said the doctors are extremely pleased with how the baby is doing."
While the family is thrilled to welcome baby Life, they are still heartbroken over Carrie’s sacrifice.
"We are now just trying to keep Carrie comfortable and keeping it in God's hands," Nelson said. "We are so proud of Carrie. She laid down her life for her child while refusing treatment for (herself). Her rewards are going to be great."
The family has also set up a GoFundMe page to help Nick pay for Carrie’s medical bills as he prepares to raise six children on his own.
"Right now we are almost to the point of being able to pay Nick's house off," Nelson said. "Raising six kids on his own, we want to be able to help him as much as we can. People from across the country have been amazing with their outpouring of support."
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