Newborn Baby Whose Mother Sacrificed Her Life to Save Daughter Also Dies

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The newborn baby of a Michigan mother who refused recommendations that she abort her unborn child in the midst of a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer, and instead decided to forgo treatment in order to save her baby, has now died just two weeks after her mother passed into eternity.

“It is with great sadness and a absolutely broken heart that I tell you Life Lynn passed away last night,” the Cure 4 Carrie page posted to social media on Thursday. “Carrie is now rocking her baby girl. I have no explanation of why this happened, but I do know Jesus loves us and someday we will know why. The grief we feel is almost unbearable; please be praying for our family.”

As previously reported, Carrie DeKlyen, a mother of five, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme in April and was accepted for a clinic trial at the University of Michigan. However, in meeting with doctors at the facility, she was informed that she was pregnant and would need to obtain an abortion in order to proceed.

She declined.

“The doctor said, ‘If you don’t terminate this baby, Carrie, you will die,’” her husband Nick recalled to People Magazine. “But it was Carrie’s decision, and I said ‘What do you want to do?’ She said, ‘We’re keeping it.’

DeKlyen had two brain surgeries to remove the tumor, but it returned both times. In July, DeKlyen suffered a stroke and never regained consciousness. Family and friends hoped that she would stay alive long enough for her baby to be safely delivered.

On Sept. 6, doctors performed a Cesarean section on DeKlyen, delivering her daughter, named Life, at a gestation of 24 weeks, 5 days. She weighed 1 pound, 4 ounces.

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At first, it was reported that the baby was doing as good as could be expected, but earlier this week, the Cure 4 Carrie page noted that Life had taken a turn for the worse and was struggling with low blood pressure and low oxygen levels. Skin-to-skin contact from her father seemed to help, but on Wednesday evening, Life died.

The baby was buried the following day next to her mother. The family characterized the burial as being “extremely hard.”

Nick DeKlyen is now caring for the couple’s five other children: Elijah, 18, Isaiah, 16, Nevaeh, 11, Leila, 4, and Jez, 2.

“Our deepest sympathies go to the DeKlyen family during this time of sorrow,” University of Michigan Hospital said in a statement. “Our team is saddened by the losses of Carrie and Life, and we hope their friends and family can find comfort and peace from their memories.”


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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    Gods will be done …. this mother gave everything she had to give this child a life ….. instead of just murdering it ….. Gods sovereign decree is fulfilled in both of them ………..

  • mr goody two shoes

    God gave him plenty of time to have the child baptised.

    • Tiny

      No child was ever baptized in the Bible. Baptism follows salvation. ie: I have to possess something before I can send you a photo of it) see Acts 8:36-37. The thief on the cross went to paradise with Jesus–he wasn’t baptized; did no good deeds; he believed that Jesus was Who He says He is–the Word made flesh; the Son of God, God the Son; the Creator, etc. Ephesians 2:8,9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.” I’m on my 25th journey thru my Bible. Just read the book. Get a King James Bible and start in John and Romans.

  • Jack-b-Quicker

    The circle will be unbroken.

  • NCOriolesFan

    A mother-child reunion made in Heaven.

  • dennis

    Help me understand how Life Lynn is in heaven without having accepted Jesus. Thank you.

    • Tiny

      The same way King David’s and Bathsheba’s baby is. II Samuel 12:23 KJB.