Baby dies after Michigan mother gives own life by declining cancer treatment

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Left: A courtesy photo of Life Lynn DeKlyen, who was 1 pound 4 ounces at birth. Right: a courtesy photo of Carrie DeKlyen with some of her family. (WOODTV)

After being born two weeks ago to a mother who declined cancer treatment to save her baby's life, the baby has died.

According to the Facebook page Cure 4 Carrie, Life DeKlyen passed away Wednesday night.

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. The grief we feel is almost unbearable, please be praying for our family.

Life was born on September 7, after her mother, Carrie DeKlyen, battled glioblastoma multiforme in April and went through brain surgeries. She declined to forego a clinical trial to save Life.

Two weeks before her birth, doctors determined Life was not gaining the weight she was supposed to and opted to deliver her at just 24 weeks and five days. She weighed 1 pound 4 ounces at birth.

Carrie was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor in April and learned a month later she was pregnant. She was taken off of life support on Sept. 9. The couple has five other children ages 2 to 18 years old. 

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