Eight days after the funeral of a Grand Rapidsarea mother who refused cancer treatment to save her future daughter, the girl died on Wednesday, the family confirmed.
Carrie DeKlyen, 37, a Wyoming mother of six, fainted and was seriously ill with an aggressive brain tumor when Life Lynn was born on September 6. The baby weighed just 1 pound at birth and was in the neonatal intensive care unit at CS Mott Children’s Hospital.
DeKlyen refused to participate in a clinical trial or undergo chemotherapy, an option that likely would have increased her life but would also have involved an abortion. The day after Life was born, doctors removed DeKlyen’s feeding and breathing tubes, and she died in September. 9. Life died on September 20.
“She had a rough day yesterday,” Sonya Nelson, DeKlyen’s sister-in-law from Wyoming, said Thursday. “She’s been up and down all day … They haven’t been able to get her blood gas levels where they should be.”
Nelson, who cares for two of Life’s five siblings, said she pronounced her sister Lelia hers dead.
“I told Lelia, life was 4 very sick and she had to live with Jesus and Mom. And she said, ‘Did you have to go too? Why? Nelson said. She said the father, Nick Deklyen, is not doing well as he faces the second family tragedy in two weeks.
More than 3,000 Facebook users reacted and posted sorrowful comments in response to a post that shared the news on a page used by love ones to share the DeKlyens’ updates.
“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,” according to the Facebook post on the Cure for Carrie page.
Life was Carrie and Nick DeKlyen’s sixth child. Their others 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 $155,000 by Thursday morning.