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Funeral held for Michigan mom who refused cancer treatment to save baby

September 12, 2017 9:29 PM
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DeKlyen, 37, was unconscious and gravely ill with an aggressive brain tumor when she delivered Life on Sept. 6. The following day, doctors removed DeKlyen's feeding and breathing tubes. She died Saturday.

DeKlyen declined to participate in a clinical trial or undergo chemotherapy, options that would have likely extended her life but also would have meant terminating her pregnancy.

"We’re pro-life," her husband, Nick DeKlyen, told the Free Press next week. "Under no circumstance do we believe you should take a child’s life. She sacrificed her life for the child."

The funeral was held at Resurrection Life Church in Grandville on the state's west side, said DeKlyen's sister-in-law, Sonya Nelson.

"It was a beautiful service. Carrie would have loved it," Nelson said.

Life weighed just 1 pound, 4 ounces when she was born. She is in the neonatal intensive care unit at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

On Sunday night, the baby's blood pressure increased, Nelson said. She needed a blood transfusion and was supplied with additional oxygen. Since then, she has been stable and is doing well, Nelson said.

Life is Carrie and Nick DeKlyen's sixth child. Their other kids range in age from 2 to 18. A GoFundMe page called "Cure 4 Carrie," which was set up to help the family, had raised more than $135,000 by this afternoon.

Contact staff writer Ann Zaniewski at 313-222-6594 or Follow her on Twitter: @AnnZaniewski.

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