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UPDATE: Mother Who Refused Cancer Treatment To Save Her Baby Has Died

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UPDATE: Mother Who Refused Cancer Treatment To Save Her Baby Has Died

The mother of 6 who refused to take chemotherapy to save her unborn child has died at 37.

Last month, we reported that Carrie DeKleyn, a mother of six with a fast moving brain disease, had forgone treatment to save her unborn child.

The mother, who went to the hospital not knowing she was pregnant, was told that she would have to terminate the pregnancy if she wanted to be treated.

Her husband Nick says that it was indeed Carrie’s decision to save the life of the baby who they named Life.

“When our daughter gets old enough, I’ll tell her the story about her brave mommy,” Nick DeKlyen tells PEOPLE through tears. “I’ll tell her that God gave her the gift of life with an awesome plan in mind and we’re not sure why mommy had to be sick and pass away to do so, but it’s all a special plan and we must trust it.”

“I’ll tell her that mommy did this because she loves you and she is in Heaven and we’ll see her again — soon, soon.”

Doctors removed Carrie’s feeding and breathing tubes one day after she gave birth via cesarean section.

Just five days later, Carrie had passed with her family and new baby by her side.

Nick, who has five other kids with Carrie: Elijah, 18, Isaiah, 16, Nevaeh, 11, Leila, 4, and Jez, 2l, said, “Her birth meant that this wasn’t all for nothing, my wife will pass on and my baby will live.”

Carrie’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with finances.

Take a look back at family pictures and baby Life as we keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.


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