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Christian Mom Who Refused Chemo to Save Her Baby’s Life Dies Days after Giving Birth

  • Amanda Casanova
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Sep 14
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A Michigan mother refused treatment for brain cancer and gave birth to her sixth child while in a coma.

Carrie Lynn DeKlyen opted out of chemotherapy and instead underwent four major brain surgeries. She went into a coma in July after suffering a stroke.

The 37-year-old had previously told her doctors that she did not want to abort her baby even though she had cancer.

"The doctor said if you don't terminate this baby, Carrie, you will die," husband Nick DeKlyen said. "But it was Carrie's decision and I said, 'What do you want to do?' She said, 'We're keeping it.'"

Life Lynn was born early at 24 weeks and five days. She weighed just 1 pound, four ounces.

"She's going to be fine," Nick said. "She's going to be here (at the hospital) for four or five months, but we expect her to be a healthy baby. ... The doctor just said the timing (of the birth) couldn't have been more perfect."

Life Lynn was DeKlyen’s sixth child.

"John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for a friend. Carrie entered into the presence of our Lord early this morning. I can only imagine what she is experiencing now! Carrie, we love you and we will miss you, but your legacy will live on,” said Cure 4 Carrie a support page on Facebook, run by Carrie's sister-in-law, Sonya Nelson.

“You have touched so many lives and your love for Jesus was evident in the way you lived your life. Because of our faith we know we will see you again! We love you!"


Photo courtesy: Facebook/Carrie DeKlyen

Publication date: September 14, 2017