Michigan baby, whose mother died after refusing chemo, passes away 2 weeks later


Nanah Potato
Mar 26, 2003
I'm not quite done reading the comments on facebook for this news article, but so far...wow. People...strong opinions...social media. BOOM! explosive.

DETROIT — A tiny preemie whose gravely ill mother had hoped to save her by shunning chemotherapy during pregnancy has died, a relative said Thursday.

Sonya Nelson said her niece, Life Lynn DeKlyen, died Wednesday evening at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Life’s mother, Carrie DeKlyen, died Sept. 9, three days after givin birth to her sixth child.

Relatives said Life had been doing better than expected after being born prematurely at 1 pound, 4 ounces (567 grams). Nelson told The Associated Press the baby had good and bad days at the hospital, but “took a turn for the worse” this week.

“We don’t have any answers,” Nelson said, adding “the cards were kind of stacked against her” after being born at 24 weeks and five days into the pregnancy — about “the earliest you can survive.”

“Maybe Carrie needed her,” Nelson said. “It is comforting for us to know that she went home to be with Carrie.”
Carrie DeKlyen declined to participate in a clinical trial or undergo treatment for the brain cancer, because it would have meant ending her pregnancy. Her husband, Nick DeKlyen, has said their decisions were rooted in their Christian faith.

The DeKlyens are from the western Michigan city of Wyoming. They have five other children who range in age from 2 to 18 years old.

“Our deepest sympathies go to the DeKlyen family during this time of sorrow,” hospital officials said in a statement. “Our team is saddened by the losses of Carrie and Life, and we hope their friends and family can find comfort and peace from their memories.”



Satelitte Radio Addict
May 28, 2007
Toronto, ON
I fully support their decision. I think a lot of mothers would choose the life of their child over their own. It is sad that the baby did not make it.


Hall of Fame Member
Sep 23, 2015
There are studies which show most doctors that recommend chemo wouldn't take it themselves

"Most doctors who were terminally ill would AVOID aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy - despite recommending it to their patients

88% of doctors would choose 'do not resuscitate' orders for themselves
However, most pursue aggressive, life-prolonging treatments for patients
This could be because the medical system rewards doctors for taking action

The researchers say there is a 'tipping point' where the high-intensity treatment becomes more of a burden than the disease itself"
Most doctors who were terminally ill would AVOID aggressive treatment | Daily Mail Online

Some people figure that they will eat everything that a man in a white suit puts on their plate no matter what it might be and they insist everyone else should eat the same poop too.


Hall of Fame Member
Sep 23, 2015
Yeah fire freaks some people out too, they think it is amazing...at least fire works.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. According to the National Institute of Health, around 1,658,370 new cases will be diagnosed and 589,430 people will die from cancer in 2015.

While most conventional cancer treatments revolve around a mix of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, some people question their efficacy — particularly chemotherapy. In these videos two naturopathic doctors make the argument that in many cases, chemo does more harm than good.
In the first video, Peter Glidden, BS, ND, brings up the relationship between cancer and monetary profit.

Glidden, author of The MD Emperor Has No Clothes, cites a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, which found that over a 12-year period, chemotherapy did not cure adult cancer 97 percent of the time. “Why is it still used? There’s one reason, and one reason only,” Glidden says in the video. “Money.”
If Chemotherapy Fails 97% Of The Time, Why Do Doctors Recommend It? - Reset.me

Conventional Medicine is the Leading Cause of Death

“Only 10-20% of all procedures used in medical practice have been shown to be efficacious by controlled trial,” and “There are no mechanisms in place to limit dissemination of technologies regardless of their clinical value.”


oh look: cancer number TWO Vs MEDICAL SYSTEM number ONE ( that's just regular medicine)

Medical errors may be 3rd leading cause of death in U.S

Oooops sorry! Nurse! toe tag!
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Hall of Fame Member
Sep 23, 2015
Not to be difficult RCS, I think he may have posted the name in the next post


the universe is electric
Jan 26, 2006
RR1 Distopia 666 Discordia
There is no silver lining in this story.

Yes there is. A mothers love.

Hoof Hearted

House Member
Jul 23, 2016
Sixth child...

Must be using the Christian rhythm method for birth control. My Mom calls it 'Rhythm and Blues'...as it seldom works.