In March, doctors discovered Carrie DeKlyen had glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. It left her with a grim prognosis. If lucky, she could live five more years.
The 37-year-old mother of five was also pregnant. Instead of choosing to prolong her life with chemotherapy and terminating the pregnancy, she and her husband Nick decided to keep the baby. But Carrie would not live long enough to see the child.
Life Lynn DeKlyen was born at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 — 24 weeks into Carrie DeKlyen’s pregnancy. She weighed 1 pound, 4 ounces. The couple chose her name together.
Carrie DeKlyen was buried six days later.
Then Life Lynn died as well, just 14 days after she was born.
The infant’s death was announced Thursday on the couple’s Facebook page.
Nick DeKlyen could not be reached to comment Thursday.
But he told the Detroit News just one day earlier that Life Lynn nearly died Sept. 12, the same day Carrie DeKlyen was buried.
A service was held for Carrie DeKlyen at Resurrection Life Church, in Wyoming, Mich., “where she was remembered as a loving mother, wife, daughter and friend who cooked dinner for neighbors, sang in the church choir, watched kids in the nursery and volunteered as a counselor,” according to the Grand Rapids Press.
Life was delivered by Caesarean section as Carrie DeKlyen was dying.