Pregnant Mother With Aggressive Brain Cancer Refuses Abortion, Forgoes Treatment Instead to Save Baby

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A pregnant mother with an aggressive form of brain cancer has refused recommendations that she abort her unborn child and has instead decided to forgo treatment in order to save her baby.

Carrie DeKlyen, a mother of five, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme in April and 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 has had two brain surgeries since to remove the tumor, but it returned both times. A month ago, DeKlyen suffered a stroke from which she has not awakened. Now at 23 weeks gestation, DeKlyen lies in a vegetative state in the hospital and her family is hoping she can hang on for another five weeks so doctors can take the baby.

Nick, who has known his wife from childhood as they attended the same church, says that as difficult as it is to lose his wife, he supports her decision. He has left his job to be by her side.

They have already named their unborn daughter Life.

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“Her time is drawing near, but I know I’ll see her again—not in this life, but after my time is up I’ll be with her again in Heaven,” he told People Magazine. “She made the decision to give Life a chance at life, and I couldn’t be more proud.”

DeKlyen’s sister-in-law Sonya Nelson has set up a GoFundMe page to help with the family’s medical expenses.

“Carrie had a MRI yesterday; the results are not good. The tumor is growing rapidly. It is spreading to a part of the brain that could affect the baby,” she wrote on Saturday. “Please continue to pray for our family! Thank you all for your continued support!”

As of press time, the page had raised over $67,000 of the $75,000 goal.


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  • InTheChurch

    Giving life to a child is a blessing and has purpose. Life can grow to be a doctor or a researcher to help cure brain cancer. But, some don’t want to give these children a chance.

    • Croquet_Player

      How do you know her decision to abort and perhaps survive could advance medical science? I don’t know. You don’t know. Nobody knows. Maybe she could deliver a very healthy or a very impaired child. Maybe that child, healthy or with mild to major health impairments, could be a wonderful gift to humanity, a terrible blight on humanity, or just an ordinary child, who goes through life, more one way or the other on balance. My point is, no one knows. You can’t posit one without the other. And none of it matters. Her choice is what matters. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, this woman chose, as she did, to carry on a pregnancy and die without treatment for her brain cancer. Twenty-five years later, that child is a bank robber who shot and killed three people. Is that her fault? Certainly, and absolutely not. We must be very careful about assigning blame, and credit.

      • InTheChurch

        I think we are saying the same thing. The baby’s name is Life and I was saying Life can grow up to be a blessing to our society as a doctor or professor. she can be a regular mom and great wife with 2-3 kids. If she is sick, she will need constant care, dad and family will have to suffer that burden. No matter what happens, Life is the legacy of this woman. We know this woman lived because of Life.

      • NCOriolesFan

        Using a tragic situation like cancer for abortion is another way for the ungodly to deny humanity to the developing baby human. These so-called ‘doctors’ should be medically disqualified. They are supposed to CARE for their patients not advise taking human life.

  • mr goody two shoes

    After I hear stories like hers. I love to go to YouTube and watch and hear.
    Jerusalem the golden Performed by wels high school honor choir performed at wels commission on worship and music. Pastor waller picks the best video to watch as it starts out with what a doctor can do builds up to the supremacy of what only Christ can do. And then that beautiful heavenly song.

  • Off Shore

    This young lady is the definition of bravery and faith!
    Revelation 22:15

    • Croquet_Player

      Is she? She chose to die and leave five children (and the possibility of a sixth) and a husband behind. Maybe all her beloved family, friends, and church leaders told her if she chose to try to save her own life, she would unquestionably go to a place of eternal torture, and that she would be worthless in their eyes, and while she might live, they would all unequivocally reject her. I don’t know what really happened there. Do you?

    • NCOriolesFan

      and John 15:13.

  • Croquet_Player

    Here is a perfect example of a person making her own decisions about her body. (For the sake of argument, let’s assume she was NOT forcefully instructed by her family, friends, and religious leaders, that if she chose to abort and try to save her own life, she would be irrevocably condemned to a “hell” in an “afterlife”, and they would cut her off if she chose differently.) My opinion is, if she was granted all the medical facts at hand, privately, by herself, by her own doctors, then the choice is hers.

  • NCOriolesFan

    All I can think of is John 15:13. No greater love for this mom than to give her life for her children. God bless this family and God please extend life for mom to give birth to child #6, then you can take her home with you.

  • Holly

    Say prayers for this dear woman and family