Motherhood is often associated with an overwhelming feeling of happiness. As the day draws closer, the happy parents are thinking about the joy a child can bring into their lives. Unfortunately, this is not the case of a couple from the United States, whose child has been diagnosed with a terminal condition in the womb.
Royce and Keri Young from the United States have been married for eight years now, and some months ago the woman received the news that she was going to become a mother. Of course, the couple was more than happy to hear that they will have a new family member, and they made the necessary preparation to welcome a new soul into this world.
However, when Keri went for her 19-week scheduled ultrasound, she received the worst kind of news a mother can get – that her child was suffering from a terminal illness and that he would not survive more than a few hours after birth. Eva, Royce and Keri’s daughter was diagnosed with a rare congenital defect – she did not have a brain.
Keri’s doctors told her that the child would not survive more than a few hours after birth, and that abortion was the best course of action. However, Keri’s decision not only impressed her doctor but helped her earn the hearts of all parents who have sick children.
After pausing for a few minutes, Keri looked up to her daughter and asked her if she could give birth to the baby on the term and to donate her organs upon the infant’s death. The doctor could not do anything else but congratulate the mother for her courage to carry this heavy burden, and told the couple what they need to do in order to donate the child’s organs.
Not wanting to delay this any longer, the next day Keri and her husband went to the LifeShare of Oklahoma clinic to see if she can donate the child’s organs. The selfless Oklahoma mother that she hopes that her decision will help countless other parents who children are greatly ill.
According to the clinic which handles the case of Keri Young, the selfless Oklahoma mother, the infant’s heart valves, liver, kidneys, and pancreas are healthy enough to be transplanted.
The selfless Oklahoma mother will have to carry the infant in her womb for another 20 days to ensure that Eva’s organs fully develop.
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