Keri Young, and Oklahoma mom, has decided to give birth to her terminally ill daughter in order to donate the child’s organs. Her baby Eva suffers from a condition called anencephaly and will be born missing a portion of her brain. She is due in early May and will likely only survive for a few days.
Young and her husband Royce learned the devastating news during their 20-week ultrasound, and Young almost immediately decided to continue carrying their baby in hopes that her organs will someday save another child’s life. In a touching Facebook post that has been making its round on the internet, Royce Young explains how his wife was able to make such a difficult decision.
“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,” he wrote. “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. In the eight years we’ve been married (and 15 years together) I’ve had a lot of moments stop me in my tracks where I thought, ‘holy crap, this woman I’m married to, lucky me.’ But this one was different. It hit me that not only am I married to my very best friend, but to a truly remarkable, special human being.”
Keri Young has been open about their decision as well.
“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,” she wrote on Facebook, adding that Eva could save up to 50 lives within 24 hours. “This is not over for us. We’ll almost assuredly have doubts on if we’re actually doing the right thing. Or if we can even handle this. May 7th is far away. Please continue to think and pray for us.”
The couple has continued to update fans on Eva’s progress and to share their brave story via social media.