In April, 37-year-old Carrie DeKlyen was diagnosed with gliobastoma, an aggressive cancerous tumor that affects the brain and spinal cord.
A mom of five, Carrie made the choice to fight the cancer and enrolled in a clinical trial at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. That’s when she received another news that scared her more than death – she was pregnant.
Doctor’s told Carrie that the pregnancy would need to be terminated if she wanted to participate in the trial. However, the thought of losing the baby didn’t sit well with Carrie. She decided to forgo the trial and chemotherapy treatments so she could carry her child to full term.
“The doctor said if you don’t terminate this baby, Carrie, you will die,” Carrie’s 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.’”
In August, People reported that despite undergoing four major brain surgeries, Carrie’s condition had deteriorated into a “vegetative state” and she was put on life support so the baby can remain healthy until it can be delivered.
7 weeks after Carrie lost consciousness, her husband Nick announced the birth of their sixth child on Wednesday and shared an update on his fighter wife’s health.