Mum decides to carry terminally ill baby to full term to donate her organs

A mother and husband have made the heartbreaking decision to carry a terminally ill baby to full term – knowing that the child will only live a few hours.

Keri Young and husband Royce hope that Eva’s organs can save many lives through organ donation.

She suffers from anencephaly – which means she will be born without a fully developed brain.

The parents discovered that Eva had the condition at an ultrasound scan at 19 weeks – but opted not to induce birth, and continue with the pregnancy.

This is our daughter’s perfect heart. 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. Faced with terrible options we have decided to continue the pregnancy to full term so Eva, which literally means life, can grow strong and give life to multiple people through organ donation. This was not an easy decision. For the next 20 weeks I will feel her kick, 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. As you might expect, we’re devastated but have an amazing support system with our family, friends, church and doctors. We’re choosing to try and see the positives in this situation and cherish our time with Eva, and be grateful for the impact she will have on the world in the short amount of time she’ll spend in it.

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February 22nd, 2017 by