If you ever need a reminder of just how precious life is, Carrie Deklyen's story will hit home. The 37-year-old woman has been in a coma since July of this year, and she recently became a mom again when doctors delivered her 24-week-old daughter, Life Lynn, by emergency cesarean section.
A testament to the resilience of the human spirit, Deklyen learned in April that she was pregnant just two weeks after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, the same cancer Senator John McCain is battling. She has undergone two surgeries to remove the tumor, having forgone clinical trials for the sake of her then-unborn baby.
“I asked her what she wanted to do. She said, ‘We are keeping it,’” Nick, Deklyen's husband, told ABC News on Aug. 15. “That was always my choice too, but I wanted her to decide because it was her life we were talking about.”
Sadly, Deklyen had a stroke about five weeks ago, and she's been in a coma ever since. Doctors had wanted to wait to deliver little Life Lynn at 28 weeks, but when it became apparent that Deklyen's condition was not improving — her family wrote in a "Cure 4 Carrie" Facebook post that she was not responding to pain — doctors delivered the girl at only 24 weeks. While Deklyen fights for her life, the silver lining in this tragedy is that her young daughter is "doing great."
Life Lynn is the couple's sixth child; the other five range in age from 2 years old up to 18. While the younger children don't quite understand what's going on, the older children have been strong in the face of the unknown.
“The older ones obviously understand everything so it is very hard on them,” he told ABC News. “They love their mother and know what they are losing. We talk about good times and laugh and then sometimes we just cry. The younger two do not really understand what is happening.”
We're so moved by this family's story, and are in awe of their strength as they celebrate the joyous birth of Life Lynn while continuing to pray for a miracle for Carrie. We too will continue to pray that both mother and baby make a full recovery. If you would like to help, you can donate to the family's Go Fund Me page.
h/t Fox News
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