Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Baby dies after MI mother sacrifices life to give birth

Baby dies after MI mother sacrifices life to give birth

Life died Wednesday evening at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

"I'll tell her that God gave her the gift of life with an awesome plan in mind and we're not sure why mommy had to be sick and pass away to do so, but it's all a special plan and we must trust it".

"I told her, 'I love you, and I'll see you in heaven, '" Nick said. "The grief we feel is nearly unbearable, please be praying for our family".

DeKlyen declined to participate in a clinical trial or undergo chemotherapy, options that probably would have extended her life but also would have meant terminating her pregnancy.

Life was Carrie and Nick DeKlyen's sixth child.

"She wanted this, but it's tough - I'm trying to be happy for the baby, but the love of my life is hours away from dying, it hurts so bad". Earlier this summer, she had a stroke and suffered major brain damage; she was in a coma and unresponsive when she gave birth to Life Lynn.

Life Lynn DeKlyen was born prematurely by cesarean three days before Carrie died. The baby weighed just 1 pound, 4 ounces at birth and was in the neonatal intensive care unit at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. "That's what she wanted, and I supported her", he said. However, over the past few days, the family posted messages on Facebook asking for prayers because Life's condition worsened. On Sept. 18, the family said doctors found a "small brain bleed" that is sometimes found in 24-week babies. Doctors said they were unable to save her, but honored her wish to try to save her daughter's life by keeping her on life support.

"When our daughter gets old enough, I'll tell her the story about her courageous mommy", Nick explained through tears. "Please be praying ..." they posted Wednesday. He said 'If you choose to do this, you will not live another 10 months.

Life and Carrie left behind their husband and father, Nick, along with five children.

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

"I want people to know she gave of herself for everybody", Nick's sister, Sonya Nelson, told the Detroit Free Press. "She sacrificed her life for the child".

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