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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2017 file 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. Sonya Nelson says her niece, Life Lynn DeKlyen, died Wednesday evening at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Her mother, Carrie DeKlyen who sacrificed the chance to prolong her life to give birth to Life Lynn, her sixth child, died Sept. 9, 2017. DeKlyen chose to forgo clinical trials and chemotherapy to treat her brain cancer, since it would have meant ending her pregnancy. (Nick DeKlyen/Courtesy of Sonya Nelson via AP File)

A baby born to a Michigan mom who refused cancer treatment has died


A baby born earlier this month to a Michigan mother who died after she refused cancer treatment so her child could live has also passed away, according to WTVR.

WTVR on Thursday reported Life Lynn DeKlyen late Wednesday, 24 weeks after her birth on Sept. 6.

“It is with great sadness and a absolutely broken heart that I tell you Life Lynn passed away last night,” the DeKlyen family wrote on Facebook Thursday.

“Carrie is now rocking her baby girl,” they continued, referencing Carrie DeKlyen, the infant’s mother.

“I have no explanation of why this happened, but I do know Jesus loves us and someday we will know why. The grief we feel is almost unbearable, please be praying for our family.”

The post ended with a passage from the Bible’s Old Testament book of Psalms 73:26, reading “My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Some Twitter users on Thursday voiced sympathy for the family, with many sharing photos of the DeKylens and others expressing regret for their loss.

MLive.com reported on Sept. 9 that Carrie DeKlynen, 37, died that morning after fighting a terminal brain tumor caused by a cancer known as Glioblastoma multiforme.

Carrie DeKlyen had been taken off of life support three days earlier at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan after giving birth to Life Lynn DeKlyen.

The DeKlyen family gained national attention when Carrie DeKlyen declined cancer treatment an attempt to give birth to Life Lynn DeKlyen.

Doctors told Carrie DeKlyen she she would have to terminate her pregnancy to remain in a clinical trial aimed at fighting her illness.

Glioblastoma multiforme is a highly lethal variety of cancer as its cells reproduce rapidly and it affects the brain.

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