John 15:13 tells us, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." That applies, of course, to both sexes - as Carrie DeKlyen has just demonstrated, at the cost of her life.
A Michigan woman who chose to forego cancer treatments that would have prolonged her life but ended her pregnancy died Saturday, three days after giving birth to her sixth child.
"I'll see you in Heaven,” Nick DeKlyen said to his wife just before she died.
"We stayed by her until she took her last breath," he said. "It's in God's hands now."
The 37-year-old woman died surrounded by family at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.
She had been in a coma since July and gave birth to a baby girl via emergency cesarean section on Wednesday.
Nick DeKlyen said his daughter is doing better than expected in neonatal intensive care, gaining weight and "almost breathing on her own."
"She's going to be fine," he said. "She's going to be here for four or five months, but we expect her to be a healthy baby ... The doctor just said the timing (of the birth) couldn't have been more perfect."
Doctors removed Carrie DeKlyen's feeding and breathing tubes on Thursday.
She chose to forgo chemotherapy to treat her brain cancer, since it would have meant ending her pregnancy.
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I know there will be those who do not share Carrie and Nick DeKlyen's faith. They may argue that she should have chosen to live at the expense of her unborn child, so that she could be there for her husband and their five existing children. That's their privilege . . . but I say without any hesitation that Mrs. DeKlyen died a heroine's death, giving her life that another human being's life might be saved. I daresay she knew that her cancer, glioblastoma, has a very low survival rate, and treatment is almost always unsuccessful beyond a year or so; but that doesn't take away anything from her courage. She gave up her chance at life, to give her daughter a chance at hers.
May Carrie DeKlyen be blessed in this world and the next, and may she rest in peace. May her husband and their six children be blessed by and in her memory, and continue to show, to each other and the world, the standard of love and courage she has forever enshrined for them as an example; and may they all be reunited in whatever awaits us beyond the veil of death.
A heroine indeed.