WYOMING, MICH. - A Michigan woman who sacrificed the chance to prolong her life in order to give birth to her sixth child has died.
Sonya Nelson told the Free Press that her sister-in-law, Carrie DeKlyen, 37, died early Saturday surrounded by family.
The last words Nick DeKlyen said to his wife were, "I'll see you in Heaven."
Doctors removed Carrie DeKlyen's feeding and breathing tubes on Thursday, a day after she gave birth to daughter Life Lynn DeKlyen. The mother chose to forgo chemotherapy to treat her brain cancer, since it would have meant ending her pregnancy.
"Me and my wife, we are people of faith," Nick DeKlyen said. "We love the Lord with everything in us. We talked about it, prayed about it. Even with everything on the table, my wife chose the baby."
Life Lynn was born prematurely and weighs 1 pound, 4 ounces, but is doing well.
The couple from Wyoming have five other children.
Nick and Carrie were married for 17 years. They met at church, when she was 10 and he was 12.
Carrie DeKlyen had an overwhelmingly loving and generous spirit, her husband said. The stay-at-home mom cooked dinner for neighbors and went out of her way to help those in need.
Most of the couple's extended family supported the decision to not treat the cancer.
"I want people to know she gave of herself for everybody. In her last days, she gave of herself for her own child," said Nick's sister, Nelson of Wyoming. "We are proud of her."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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