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Carrie DeKlyen, chose to give birth to baby over her own cancer treatment

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Gave birth to daughter just days before her death

Carrie DeKlyen declined treatment for brain cancer that would have prolonged her life so she could give birth to her sixth child. She died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, just days after giving birth to her daughter, surrounded by family, according to and the Detroit Free Press. She was 37. reports DeKlyen, who lived in Wyoming, Mich., was diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme, a malignant form of brain cancer, in April.  She had been accepted for treatment in a clinical trial when doctors discovered she was pregnant. She and her family were confronted with the difficult choice of continuing with the clinical trial and terminating the pregnancy, or trying to have the baby while dealing with terminal brain cancer.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, DeKlyen gave birth to daughter Life Lynn DeKlyen at University Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was was born prematurely and weighed 1 pound, 4 ounces. Family members said the baby was doing well considering the circumstances.

The Detroit Free Press reported that faith played an important role in making the decision to forgo treatment. Carrie and her husband Nick had met at church when she was 10 and he was 12. They were married for 17 years and had five children before she was diagnosed with cancer.

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