Surgeons performed an emergency cesarean section to save a terminally ill mother and her baby just five weeks after she was left unconscious from a stroke, but now doctors are preparing the mother to die.
Carrie DeKlyen, 37, was 24 weeks and five days pregnant at 5.30pm Wednesday when doctors delivered her sixth child, a girl who has been named Life.
Carrie’s breathing and feeding tubes were removed on Thursday after the birth and her husband said she is hours away from dying.
She discovered she was pregnant in April, days after she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, the same one John McCain has.
On July 28, at just 19 weeks, Carrie suffered a traumatic stroke. She has lain unconscious on and off a ventilator ever since.
Doctors at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor were trying to wait till end of September for Life to be delivered at 28 weeks, but they decided on Wednesday that they could not wait any longer, as the baby has been moving less and less and they were worried she would die in Carrie’s womb.
Surgeons warned the family that Carrie could die on the table during the delivery because she still relied on a machine to help her breathe and the cancer has worn down her body.
Her baby survived the delivery, weighing 1lb and 4oz. But Carrie’s body is no longer capable of handling the damage from the cancer. She is expected to die later today.
Life will stay in the hospital for the next four to five months as she continues to grow, and her family remains hopeful that she will be a healthy baby.