Mom Refuses Cancer Treatment to Save Unborn Baby & Gives Birth in a Coma

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Cure 4 Carrie/Facebook

Moms making unbelievable sacrifices for the safety of their children will never cease to be amazing and inspiring. Whether they're shielding their children from falling trees or something else just as incredible, we are in constant awe of the strength of mothers. Many of these sacrifices, though, are just as heartbreaking as they are incredible. Such is the case for one mother who just gave birth to a daughter while in a coma

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Thirty-seven-year-old Carrie DeKlyen first made national headlines months ago when she went public with her decision to sacrifice her life for that of her child. The mother of five -- now six -- was newly pregnant when she was diagnosed with glioblastoma this past April. The condition, which causes a tumor that heavily affects the brain and spine, requires an aggressive experimental treatment in hopes of getting rid of it -- one that would have hurt DeKlyen's unborn child. 

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In an effort to save her baby, the brave mother decided to forego treatment completely. In return, the family was forced to face the harsh reality of that decision. "The doctor said 'if you don't terminate this baby, Carrie, you will die,'" her husband Nick told People. "But it was Carrie's decision and I said, 'what do you want to do?' She said 'we're keeping it.'" 

mom gives birth to baby in coma
Cure 4 Carrie/Facebook

Since the DeKlyens' original interview with People in August, the public has been receiving updates on Carrie and her family through a Facebook page created by the woman's sister-in-law Sonya. After suffering a stroke in July and undergoing four different brain surgeries, Carrie has now become completely unresponsive, according to what Sonya shared on Saturday, September 2. "Carrie is not doing well. For the past few days she has been completely unresponsive, she is not even responding to pain. They tell us she can still hear us as hearing is the last to go. The baby is still holding her own," she wrote. 

On Wednesday, September 6, doctors delivered the baby from a still comatose Carrie. The little girl -- named Life Lynn DeKlyen -- was born 1 pound and 4 ounces. While she certainly has plenty of growing to do, Sonya writes that "the doctors are pleased with how good she is doing!" 

mom gives birth to baby in coma
Cure 4 Carrie/Facebook

In celebrating one life, the family is coming to terms with the ending of another. "Carrie is off all support and very comfortable. She is in God's hands until he calls her home. Please pray for all of us," read an updated Facebook post made on Thursday, September 7. 

Overcome with inspiration by her story, friends, family, and strangers have stepped up to help the family out as much as possible, raising over $80,000 on GoFundMe to help with the financial stress the family is under and reaching our with kind words and prayers. 

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Carrie DeKlyen may not get the chance to hear it from her daughter herself, but we're sure her sacrifice will always be revered.

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