Carrie DeKleyn of Wyoming gave the ultimate sacrifice in order to give birth to her 6th child. Doctors removed her feeding and breathing tubes on Thursday soon after her daughter Life Lynn DeKlyen was born. DeKleyn suffered from brain cancer and opted to avoid any chemotherapy treatments because it would end the life of her 6th, then unborn, child.
“It’s a tough time — she’s hours away from passing as we speak,” Nick DeKlyen, Carrie’s husband and Life’s father, told The Associated Press by phone Friday from University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. “All of my family is here, and her family from Kentucky, Tennessee and Oklahoma. We’re just by my wife’s bedside, just waiting.””
The bay was born prematurely, weighing in at only 1 lbs, 4 ounces. She is now in neonatal intensive care and gaining weight an “almost breathing on her own”.
Doctors expect the baby to be in the hospital for months, but are confident will eventually be a happy and healthy baby.
DeKlyen said that since his wife’s cancer diagnosis in April, the family has been sharing updates about his wife and daughter on the Facebook page Cure 4 Carrie . He said she was determined to see the pregnancy through.
Carrie leaves behind her husband and 5 other children ranging in age from 2-18 years old. The family has a strong Christian faith. “My wife loves the Lord and she loves her children more than anything,” he said. “It’s painful,” he added. “But this is what she wanted. She wanted to protect this child.”