DeKlyen was battling glioblastomic brain cancer while pregnant with her sixth child. Doctors recommended chemotherapy treatments to prolong her life. However, in order to receive these treatments, DeKlyen would have to terminate her pregnancy.
DeKlyen’s husband, Nick, told People, “The doctor said, ‘If you don’t terminate this baby, Carrie, you will die.’ But it was Carrie’s decision, and I said, ‘What do you want to do?’ She said, ‘We’re keeping it.’”
So DeKlyen forewent the treatments that could save her life in order to save the life of her unborn baby. And on September 6, 2017, at 24 weeks, DeKlyen gave birth via cesarean section to a baby girl. DeKlyen and her husband aptly named their little one “Life Lynn.”
Nick said, “[Life’s] birth meant that this wasn’t all for nothing, my wife will pass on and my baby will live.”
And that’s exactly what happened. The day after giving life to her daughter, doctors removed DeKlyen’s feeding and breathing tubes. She died surrounded by her family.
“We stayed by her until she took her last breath,” Nick told the Associated Press. “It’s in God’s hands now.”
Through tears, Nick said, “When our daughter gets old enough, I’ll tell her the story about her brave mommy. 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.”