Life DeKlyen died after her oxygen levels and blood pressure plummeted
She survived for two weeks after being born premature
Mother Carrie DeKlyen, 37, died on September 9 after doctors removed her breathing and feeding tubes a few days after she gave birth to her daughter
She was diagnosed with brain cancer in April and found out two weeks later that she was pregnant
The Michigan mother chose to forgo chemotherapy in order to give birth to her sixth child
Carrie had been unconscious for more than a month while her tumor grew bigger and bigger
Life was born at 5.30pm on September 6 and weighed 1lb and 4oz
Glioblastoma multiforme is a lethal brain cancer and John McCain has the same diagnosis.
A two-week-old premature baby who was delivered while her cancer-stricken mother was in a coma has died – just 10 days after her mother passed away.
Life DeKlyen was born on September 6, 24 weeks and five days premature, after doctors performed an emergency cesarean section in hopes to save her and her mother.
But mother Carrie DeKlyen, 37, died three days later, as her body was no longer able to handle the stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme crippling her brain.
At the time of the birth, Carrie was unconscious. She had a stroke at the end of July, which sent her into a five-week coma. Eventually, as both Carrie and her unborn child weakened, doctors decided they had to operate.
However, early this morning the family announced that both Life and Carrie have now passed.
Life’s aunt, Sonya DeKlyen Nelson, Carrie’s sister-in-law, said in a Facebook post: ‘It is with great sadness and a absolutely broken heart that I tell you Life Lynn passed away last night. Carrie is now rocking her baby girl. I have no explanation of why this happened, but I do know Jesus loves us and someday we will know why.’
Carrie was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a lethal brain cancer, in April and found out two weeks later that she was pregnant.
She decided to forgo chemotherapy in order to keep her child and give her a chance of surviving.
The doctors tried to get Carrie to 27 weeks pregnant before having Life, but the stress of the pregnancy was too much on the mother.
They decided on September 6 to perform the surgery in a desperate attempt to save both the baby and Carrie.
Doctors thought that Life would have a chance of survival, but her low oxygen levels, abnormal blood pressure and rising fluid in her brain were too much for the premature baby.
She died today, just two weeks after she was born.
Carrie’s breathing and feeding tubes were removed on Thursday after the birth and her husband said she was hours away from dying.
‘My wife loves the Lord and she loves her children more than anything,’ Nick Deklyen, husband said the Friday before Carrie died.
‘It’s painful,’ he added. ‘But this is what she wanted. She wanted to protect this child.’
Carrie discovered she was pregnant in April, days after she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, the same one John McCain has.
On July 28, at just 19 weeks, Carrie suffered a traumatic stroke. She was unconscious on and off a ventilator ever since.
Doctors at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor were trying to wait till end of September for Life to be delivered at 28 weeks, but they decided on Wednesday that they could not wait any longer, as the baby had been moving less and less and they were worried she would die in Carrie’s womb.
Surgeons warned the family that Carrie could die on the table during the delivery because she still relied on a machine to help her breathe and the cancer had worn down her body.
Her baby survived the delivery, weighing 1lb and 4oz. But Carrie’s body was no longer capable of handling the damage from the cancer.