Baby Who Only Lived for Just 2 Hours Becomes Youngest Organ Donor
He lived for only 100 minutes (less than 2 hours) but baby Teddy Noah Houlston would live on in the lives of two adults who became recipients of his heart valves and kidneys.
Teddy became the youngest organ donor right after his death but his likeness does live with his twin brother, Noah Teddy who is now 1 year old.
Now, why did Teddy live for only 100 hours? Well, he had a condition called anencephaly wherein his brain did not develop. Thus, he only had half a head unlike his twin.
Doctors had advised his parents to have him removed before birth yet they wanted to give him life for as long as it was humanly possible. Even before his birth, the Houlston family, who hails from Cardiff in the United Kingdom, decided to donate the baby’s usable organs to people in need, not just to help others but to ensure a part of baby Teddy would continue surviving. For them, that is similar to still having Teddy around.
With a newborn’s kidneys less than half the size of an adult’s, how can this help the recipient? Incredibly, kidneys are fully functional at 37 weeks gestational age. So, it can be used by an adult even though it is small – but nature has a more incredible miracle: the kidney will continue to grow in the recipient until it will become about three quarters of an adult-sized one. Considering how difficult it is to find an organ donor, the recipient is quite lucky to receive Teddy’s kidneys, no matter how small it had been.