"We stayed by her until she took her last breath", he said. Shortly after that, DeKlyen was accepted into a clinical trial at University Hospital for treatment.
Sonya Nelson told the Free Press that her sister-in-law, Carrie DeKlyen, 37, died early Saturday surrounded by family.
DeKlyen was diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme in April and had surgery to remove the tumor at Mercy Health Saint Mary's Campus in Grand Rapids. In July, DeKlyen suffered a stroke and never regained consciousness.
Relatives say the couple also picked the name "Life" long before they found out the sex of their baby.
Carrie DeKlyenCourtesy DeKlyen Family She gave birth via cesarean section to Life Lynn DeKlyen on September 6 at 24 weeks and 5 days.
Life Lynn was born prematurely and weighs 567 grams, but is doing well.
"Me and my wife, we are people of faith", Nick DeKlyen said. Nick said she's doing well in neonatal intensive care. "That's what she wanted, and I supported her", he told the Free Press. "I'm trying to be happy for the baby, but the love of my life is hours away from dying".
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"I want people to know she gave of herself for everybody".
The couple, who are from the western MI city of Wyoming, have five other kids who range in age from 2 to 18 years old, and Nick DeKlyen said the family is strong in its Christian faith.
Nick said that he kissed his wife on the forehead and told her that she had successfully given their child life.
Supportive messages have been streaming in from across the country.
"I'll tell her that mommy did this because she loves you and she is in Heaven and we'll see her again - soon, soon".
Life remains in the NICU and will be watched closely, but doctors told family she is a fighter.
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