At 19 weeks of pregnancy, Keri Young and husband, Royce, found out that their baby had fatal anencephaly, a birth defect where the brains did not fully develop.
“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,” Keri wrote on Facebook.
They knew that within hours of birth, their baby would die because of her condition. But instead of terminating the pregnancy, the couple decided to push through with it so their daughter’s organs can “give life to multiple people.”
On Monday, April 17, Keri gave birth to a daughter, Eva Grace, who died moments later. Keri, her husband, and their two-year-old son, Harrison, posed for a photograph with baby Eva Grace, which was then uploaded to social media.
“We said hello and goodbye to our sweet Eva yesterday. She was so perfect in her own little way. I’ll be sharing more about her incredible story later,” she wrote alongside the photograph.
The first ever organ donation from a newborn baby took place in 2015. Though uncommon, organ donation from a newborn is possible. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, there were 21 organ donors in the US who were a week old or less between 2008 and 2013.
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