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Pregnant Christian teen who refused chemotherapy to save her unborn baby’s life dies

'She faced the greatest fear of all, death, and smiled back with a grin only God can instill'

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Dana Scatton, a teen mom who gave birth in January, died last week.

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Scatton, a Christian who would have turned 18 last week, discovered she was pregnant when she was 17 years old. Months after she discovered she was pregnant, she received news that she had an inoperable brain tumor.

Her options weren't good: She could either begin radiation treatment to possibly prolong her life, negatively impacting the growth of her unborn child, or she could opt to avoid treatment until the baby was born. Scatton's daughter, Aries, was born at 33 weeks in January.

A Facebook page set up to benefit Scatton revealed the sad news last week. A portion of the post said, "This morning shortly before 4am, Dana left us to be with the lord. We may never have the right things to say to truly honor the amazing, smart, loving, caring, passionate, incredibly beautiful and free spirited mother, daughter, niece, sister, cousin, friend and independent woman Dana was every day."

The post added that Scatton inspired everyone around her to be "better than who we are, and to keep God in our focus at every moment."

"She faced the greatest fear of all, death, and smiled back with a grin only God can instill," the post continued. "She fought harder than the toughest warriors known to man and did it with grace and valor."

The family's post added that they are unsure how to proceed after Scatton's death.

"Dana started this chapter of her life with a quote, and we find it fitting to leave today's post with it," the family wrote, and quoted Isaiah 41:10.

"So do not fear, for I am your God; do not be dismayed for I am with you, I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand," the verse read.

The family's post added, "Dana was an amazing woman who left a lasting impression on everyone she met and knew."

The post noted, "She inspired so many and continues to do so even after she's gone on to heaven. We thank God every day for the time we had with her. We wish nothing more than to have more time with her but we know she's not suffering any more. She's happy. Right where she wants to be. Right next to God."

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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