“Is My Baby Going to be Ok?”: Mother who Delayed Cancer Treatment has Died

Dana Scatton and newborn daughter Aries Marie

Sadly, Dana Scatton’s family announced last Wednesday that she had died of the cancer that she had chosen to delay treatment for in order to protect the life of her unborn child.

fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Many Christians have a chosen life-verse. Dana Scatton’s was Isaiah 4:10.

The young woman picked well considering she would need to make one of the most critical decisions of her life. The safety of her own life for that of her unborn child. Upon hearing the diagnosis of brain cancer, she asked her physician, “Is my baby going to be ok?”

In November 2018, Dana’s desire to protect her unborn child overrode her immediate need for radiation treatment for an inoperable brain tumor.

Despite being informed by her physician she had three to nine months to live, she fearlessly refused to receive the radiation treatment that may have prolonged her life. On January 4, 2019 Dana gave birth to her daughter she named Aries Marie by an emergency c-section. Although born at 33 weeks and weighing only 4 lbs. and 6 ozs., she was “perfect.”

With courage and indomitable strength, Dana spent the last of her struggle for life with her beautiful daughter that she loved more than herself by her side.

As her family stated on social media:

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

In sadness, yet triumph over great fear and full assurance with Dana’s faith in God, her family released the following announcement of her death:

Dana Scatton’s family has spoken beautifully of her and the God she served without fear.


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