Mom Meets the Baby She Carried to Term For Organ Donation, Then Says Goodbye

posted: 05/01/17
by: MIkayla Baiocchi
About two months ago, Royce Young's candid photo of his pregnant wife sleeping went viral.

Why? Because along with the photo, he wrote about how he and his wife Keri found out that the child growing inside her didn't have a brain and wouldn't live long past the moment she was delivered. He wrote about how Keri's first question when she found this out was: "If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?"

On April 17, this baby--named Eva--was delivered but died in utero. Nonetheless, the family got to hold their child before saying goodbye.

"We said hello and goodbye to our sweet Eva yesterday," said Keri in a Facebook post that featured her cradling Eva in her arms, her husband and son at her side. "She was so perfect in her own little way. I'll be sharing more about her incredible story later."

For now, we have Royce's post to learn from.

"There I was, crestfallen and heartbroken," wrote Royce in the initial post regarding the moment Keri asked about carrying her daughter to full term to donate her organs, "but I momentarily got lifted out of the moment and just stood in awe of her. I was a spectator to my own life, watching a superhero find her superpowers. 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."

He also spoke about how the path to actually delivering this baby was not an easy one.

"She's reminded every moment of every day that she's carrying a baby that will die," he said. "She's the one that is going to deal with all that comes with having a baby-- her milk coming in, the recovery process, etc, but with no snuggly, soft, beautiful newborn to look at to remind you that it was all worth it."

Royce concluded by praising his wife for her wit, beauty, courage, silliness, character and integrity. Nonetheless, the day of Eva's delivery has come and gone and the family must move forward now. Thankfully, Keri has given us a clue as to what the next part of their story is like.

"And of course, this is NOT a sad post," she wrote on Facebook. "Don't hit that button."