There is nothing more devastating for a couple to lose their child. And when that child doesn’t even have the chance to live even one day of their life, there can be many other heartbreaking and difficult obstacles for parents in mourning.
This is the exact scenario a brave couple from Oklahoma have been faced with, but instead of letting the tragedy bring them pain and suffering, Royce and Keri Young have made a decision to let their unborn daughter’s death bring life to other babies in need.
At just 20 weeks pregnant, doctors told Keri and her husband that their unborn second child, a girl, had a very unlikely chance of surviving more than a few hours or days due to a life-threatening birth defect.
Realizing the severity of anencephaly, a rare disease in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull, and with support from her husband, Keri decided that she would carry her daughter to full term, another 20 weeks, in hopes of helping other newborns who need life-saving transplants.
The would-be mother shared the reasons for her difficult decision for the daughter she would name Eva with friends and strangers on Facebook.
“We learned her whole heart would not be eligible for transplant and that was disappointing. But then we learned her heart valves would be eligible along with her kidneys and liver and maybe pancreas. We could also donate her lungs to research. We’d get the opportunity to meet her recipients if they wanted to meet us,” Keri wrote on Facebook.
Amazed by his wife’s bravery and selflessness, Royce Young also took to Facebook to pen a beautiful note praising the incredible mother of their two-year-old son Harrison.
“Donating was on Keri’s mind from darn near the second we found out and while the experience of holding and kissing our daughter will be something we cherish forever, the gift(s) she’s got inside that little body of hers is what really matters. Keri saw that almost instantly,” Royce wrote on Facebook.
“There’s another family out there hurting and hoping for a miracle for their baby, knowing full well someone else’s baby will need to die first. Eva can be that miracle,” the father wrote.
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[Featured Image: Facebook / Royce Young]