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A Michigan woman who chose her baby over chemotherapy has died


A Michigan woman who sacrificed the chance to prolong her own life so she could give birth has died.

Nick DeKlyen told the Associated Press that his wife, Carrie DeKlyen, died Saturday morning surrounded by family.

"I'll see you in Heaven," was among the last things Nick DeKlyen said to his wife.

Doctors removed Carrie DeKlyen's feeding and breathing tubes on Thursday after she gave birth to the couple's sixth child, Life Lynn DeKlyen. The little girl was born prematurely and weighs 1 pound, four ounces, but is doing well.

Sacrifice for Life
In this photo provided by Sonya Nelson Life Lynn DeKlyen lies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2017. Life Lynn's mother, Carrie DeKlyen sacrificed the chance to prolong her life to give birth to her sixth child. Doctors removed Carrie's feeding and breathing tubes on Thursday, Sept. 7 a day after Life Lynn, was born at the University of Michigan Hospital. DeKlyen chose to forgo clinical trials and chemotherapy to treat her brain cancer, since it would have meant ending her pregnancy. Their daughter was born prematurely, at 24 weeks and five days into the pregnancy and weighing 1 pound, four ounces. (Nick DeKlyen/Courtesy of Sonya Nelson via AP)

Carrie DeKlyen chose to forgo chemotherapy to treat her brain cancer so she could give birth to her daughter.

"Me and my wife, we are people of faith," Nick DeKlyen told the Detroit Free Press. "We love the Lord with everything in us. We talked about it, prayed about it."

The couple from the western Michigan city of Wyoming was married for 17 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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