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Unconditional love: Mother refuses chemo to be able to give birth; dies

India Today logo India Today 1 day ago Written by Lipi Upadhyay

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Mother of six beautiful babies, Carrie was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and rapidly growing form of brain cancer. When she began having frequent headaches in March, her best guess was that they could be migraines. This was until she started vomiting.

After a surgery in April, the doctors informed the DeKlyens that the tumour had come back. This was at a time when Carrie was eight weeks pregnant.

They were given two choices; one was to try chemotherapy to prolong Carrie's life. Doctors told her that if she was really, really lucky, she could have five more years to live. But going for chemotherapy would've meant terminating her pregnancy. The second option was to bring the baby to the world, but without chemotherapy--which could end up in death for Carrie.

The mother decided she wanted to have the baby. She chose to forgo her treatment to give her unborn baby a chance at life. The Michigan mother of six died on Saturday, three days after giving birth to a daughter. Doctors had taken Carrie off life support after her husband, Nick Deklyen, decided that she had suffered enough pain. Ever since she suffered a massive stroke in mid-July, Carrie had laid in a vegetative state in the University of Michigan Hospital.

Born via C-section, Life Lynn Deklyen has a name that her selfless mother very aptly chose for her before saying the final goodbye. Though Life was born premature, she is doing pretty well now. "We gave up all of Carrie's treatment to give Life a chance to survive," Nick told people.com. While we all may have made our share of sacrifices for our loved ones, Carrie's daughter will live on to tell how she is a breathing, living proof of her mother's unconditional and selfless love.

(Provided by Wochit News)

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