Keri and Royce Young were eagerly waiting for an ultrasound photo of their unborn child when the doctor walked into the room with bad news, the doctor explained their baby didn’t have a brain.
The Oklahoma City couple broke down into tears, but then Keri looked up at the doctor asked, “If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?”
Royce recalls that he has never seen his wife so strong in the eight years the couple has been together. He was awe struck. Last week he decided to write a Facebook post about it, as he was watching his sleeping pregnant wife’s big belly with their daughter kicking inside. His Facebook post has been shared by more than 12,000 people.
Royce said about his wife that 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,” he continued.
The couple made the decision to carry the baby, whom they named Eva, to full term together.
“First and foremost was to donate her organs,” Royce said. “It was just a practical endgame that in our minds, before we came to the realization Eva is alive and our daughter deserves to meet her mama and daddy, gave us a purpose to continue on.”
A day after they were given the shocking news, the Youngs made an appointment with a doctor at Baptist Medical Center and LifeShare of Oklahoma to discuss donating the baby’s organs. Doctors said the child’s kidneys, heart valves, liver and even possibly her pancreas would be eligible for donation and the family could also donate the baby’s lungs to research.
The pair knew it was something they had to do, although it was very difficult to discuss.
Two months ago, Keri wrote a Facebook post saying: “We’re not hoping for a miracle. We know she will not live. But someone else is desperately hoping for a miracle. Their kidneys are failing them. Their liver has betrayed them. They deserve life, and they’re probably praying for it. Eva can be their answer to it.”
Her husband echoed her sentiment saying that there’s another family out there hurting and hoping for a miracle for their baby, knowing full well someone else’s baby will need to die first, and that Eva can be that miracle.