Brave Mum Is Carrying Terminally Ill Baby To Full-Term So She Can Donate Organs Brave Mum Is Carrying Terminally Ill Baby To Full-Term So She Can Donate Organs
A selfless mother is carrying her terminally ill baby to full-term so that she can donate the little girl’s organs to save others. A... Brave Mum Is Carrying Terminally Ill Baby To Full-Term So She Can Donate Organs

A selfless mother is carrying her terminally ill baby to full-term so that she can donate the little girl’s organs to save others.

A few months back Keri and Royce Young found out they were expecting their second child and were over the moon to learn that they were having a baby girl.

However, their happiness turned to devastation when they attended their 20-week scan and found that the baby has anencephaly – a rare birth defect in which children are born missing parts of their brain and skull – and that she was terminal.

Keri then made the brave decision to carry the baby to full-term, another 20 weeks, so that they could donate her ‘perfect’ other body parts.

In a post on Facebook, Keri wrote: “She has perfect feet and perfect hands. She has perfect kidneys, perfect lungs and a perfect liver.

“Sadly, she doesn’t have a perfect brain. We found out recently she has anencephaly and is terminal.

“This was not an easy decision. For the next 20 weeks I will feel her kick, I’ll have the hiccups, and we’ll be able to hear her perfect heart beating all while knowing we’ll only get a few short hours with her when she’s born.”

After announcing her decision to go ahead with the pregnancy in the hope of saving the lives of other babies, Keri has been inundated with well wishes and support.

She said that after learning that her baby, which they have named Eva, would not survive, her doctor told her they would be able to donate her organs.

Keri explained: “At this point I knew what we had to do, I just didn’t want to do it. The reality of feeling her kick for 20 weeks was very much settling in.

“Strangers excitedly asking me about my stomach and friends not knowing how to treat us was devastating to think about.

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“I told some of my friends I thought it sounded like my own personal hell and why in the world would I want to bring that upon myself?”

The couple have set up a Facebook page to keep people updated on the progress of their pregnancy. Royce wrote: “I was watching my beautiful wife sleep peacefully on the couch. I looked at her laying there, her belly big with our daughter kicking away, a daughter that won’t live more than a few days, and it just overwhelmed me of how incredible this woman is.

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“In literally the worst moment of her life, finding out her baby was going to die, it took her less than a minute to think of someone else and how her selflessness could help. It’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced.”

What an amazing woman.

Should we all be organ donors automatically?

Organ donation is still relatively rare in the UK, because even though more than half a million people die each year, only around one percent die in circumstances which allow their organs to be donated. This becomes even more difficult when you remember that not everyone is on the organ donation register.

France has recently overcome this problem by making every single French citizen an organ donor.

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The rule, which came into effect on January 1, sees France follow in the footsteps of Spain and Austria when it comes to “presumed consent”, which means anyone can become an organ donor when they die unless they choose not to.

If French citizens want to take themselves off the list, they will have to sign up to the National Rejection Register, which doctors will check at the time of death before factoring in organ or tissue removal.

Back in 2008, the UK rejected a system of presumed consent on the grounds of public awareness. However, in 2015, Wales overturned it and became the first nation in the UK to implement the system.

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  • Lashaun Thompson

    2017-02-23 #1 Author

    To the parent.
    It’s never easy to make such a decision on letting go of such a precious gift.
    God has plans for us all and sometimes we might question ourselves and question our faith.
    For the brave decision you have made you’ll be rewarded richly.
    May God bless you
    And stay strong

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    • Anissa

      2017-02-24 #2 Author

      Ohh my god this is crazy

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  • Cristina

    2017-02-23 #3 Author

    Brave mother who never had a chance to be a mother
    Courageous mother & wife
    God bless you and your family

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  • Erika

    2017-02-23 #4 Author

    May God bless you
    And stay strong

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  • Nikki

    2017-02-23 #5 Author

    Some people can be selfish, this woman has courage, faith, wisdom, and strength all in one. May God bless them on this journey. There is a bigger plan in store for her and her family. God makes no mistakes. Prayers and blessing for this family. This story is one that moves your soul.

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  • Tia

    2017-02-23 #6 Author

    Wow this must be very hard

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  • Vesha

    2017-02-23 #7 Author

    She is one strong woman!
    The fact that she’s carrying her baby to full term regardless of the situation, to save another’s life is amazing! Her daughter will live on through the bodies of others and with every organ donated she’ll know her daughter saved that life! I commend her!

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  • Dana

    2017-02-23 #8 Author

    Wow… stories like this make me believe there a really angelic people in this world.
    May God bless her and her husband.. so touching!

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  • zaria

    2017-02-24 #9 Author

    thats so sweet , glad she is thinking of other people.

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  • Meagan

    2017-02-24 #10 Author

    She is so very selfless and so strong for being able to carry her baby after knowing what she knew. This is a beautiful story. God bless her and her family.

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  • joan celine matias

    2017-02-24 #11 Author

    very selfless and admirable.. 😔

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  • Melody

    2017-02-24 #12 Author

    very brave deed. God bless her and her family. Very heart warming story. 😇😇😇

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  • Nicole

    2017-02-24 #13 Author

    This is a very heart warming story.
    This mother is role model and very brave….
    Good Luck to the couple…. 😉

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  • Arielle

    2017-02-24 #14 Author

    She is a brave women and mother. Knowing her child is to ill to survive she’s willing to give someone else a chance to live I admire that.!

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  • Jasmine

    2017-02-24 #15 Author

    Nikki2017-02-23#4
    Some people can be selfish, this woman has courage, faith, wisdom, and strength all in one. May God bless them on this journey. There is a bigger plan in store for her and her family. God makes no mistakes. Prayers and blessing for this family. This story is one that moves your soul.

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  • Lashaun wilson

    2017-02-24 #16 Author

    That’s so sad to read about may god bless that family 🙌🏽

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  • Lashaun wilson

    2017-02-24 #17 Author

    That’s so sad to read about may god bless that family No baby deserves to be born like that

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  • Reanna Robinson

    2017-02-25 #18 Author

    Wow that’s us very brave of her to do such a thing, this will go a long way for her. Knowing it will help other babies ❤

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  • Zedequah Humphries

    2017-02-26 #19 Author

    This is soo sweet… She’s going to get lots of blessing

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