Woman Chooses To Die In Order To Give Birth

Life Lynn De Klyen lies in the neonatal intensive care unit of the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor Mich. on Saturday.
Nick DeKlyen  Courtesy of Sonya Nelson via AP

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Doctors told the 37-year-old they could treat her rapidly growing tumor but they would beed to terminate her pregnancy to do so.

"She didn't want to do that", said Carrie's sister-in-law, Sonya Nelson, according to People. "She didn't want to do that", Nelson said. "I don't know how families that do not have the support that we have to get through a trial like this". The mom learned that in order to complete her cancer treatment, she would have to terminate her pregnancy.

After undergoing four surgeries, Ms DeKlyen was placed in an induced coma in July - and never regained consciousness.

Carrie and Nick. Image credit: Detroit Free Press " Carrie was the most fantastic, selfless person I have ever met. "I hugged Carrie and promised her that her babies will always be taken care of!"

Carrie was diagnosed with the cancer in April, which started out as headaches that soon progressed to vomiting.

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She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma in April after suffering from bad headaches. If they made a decision to stay pregnant Carrie and the baby face a very uphill battle. The surprise pregnancy meant she would not be able to participate in a clinical trial at the University of MI, which doctors had said would prolong her life.

A woman in MI who passed on the chance to extend her life in order to give birth to her baby died early Saturday, according to her husband. They were married for 17 years and had five children before she was diagnosed with cancer.

DeKleyn reportedly qualified to be in a University of MI clinical trial for her cancer that doctors said might have extended her life another 10 to 20 years, however, she and her husband declined because they are Christians and wanted to give their child a chance to live.

The couple, who hail from Wyoming in MI, have five other children ranging from two to 18 years old.

The doctors removed Carrie's feeding and breeding tubes on Thursday. "I'll see you in Heaven", was a few of the last words he spoke to this wife. The advance of this cancer is rapid, and the causes are not clear. Without treatment, people with glioblastoma usually die in less than three months. Carrie carried her for 24 weeks and five days.

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However, just weeks later, the tests revealed she was pregnant.

Mr DeKleyn said Life's birth was what his wife wanted and he was trying to be happy for the baby.

They informed the family the only chance of survival was for the baby to be delivered that day.

"We gave up all of Carrie's treatment to give Life a chance to survive".

As Ms Deklyen's family prepares to farewell her at a funeral service on Tuesday, baby Life's battle is only just beginning.

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