US mum to give birth to baby without brain to donate organs

US mum to give birth to baby without brain to donate organs
Photo: Facebook/Keri Young

She was devastated when the 19-week ultrasound scan revealed that her unborn child didn't have a brain.

But 30 seconds later through tears, the Oklahoma City mother asked the doctor: "If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?"

"I remember our doctor putting her hand on Keri's shoulder and saying, 'Oh honey, that's so brave of you to say.' Like, how nice of you, but come on. Keri meant it," her husband Royce Young shared on Facebook last week.

He was paying a tribute to his wife in a heart-wrenching post that has been shared more than 18,000 times.

on Facebook

The other night, before I left for New Orleans, I was watching my beautiful wife sleep peacefully on the couch. I...

Posted by Royce Young on Friday, 17 February 2017

Their baby, whom they have named Eva, was going to be the little sister of their two-year-old son Harrison. But she has terminal anencephaly and is not expected to live past days after being born. She is due on May 7.

Keri first announced the agonising news two months ago on her Instagram and Facebook accounts.

"Faced with terrible options we have decided to continue the pregnancy to full term so Eva, which literally means life, can grow strong and give life to multiple people through organ donation," she wrote.

Days later, she revealed in a lengthy post that she and Royce initially had second thoughts: "Continuing the pregnancy meant we would have mourn the loss of a child. We'd have to have a funeral... for a baby. OUR baby. We went to bed dreading our meeting the next day."

on Facebook

Some raw and honest thoughts on how we came to our decision with Eva. It's long but I married a writer so whatever. ...

Posted by Keri Young on Thursday, 15 December 2016

After some deliberation, the couple chose to stick with the original plan.

"At one point in the past 72 hours Royce and I talked about how, in a way, we're a little lucky. We have a definitive answer. 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," Keri wrote.

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She has since been sharing updates about Eva in a tone that seems exceedingly positive for someone going through such an ordeal.

on Facebook

It finally happened. Yesterday I had to purchase some new maternity clothes so I knew it was coming. I tried to talk...

Posted by Keri Young on Wednesday, 4 January 2017

on Facebook

We had an Eva appointment with our doctor at Baptist today. It was a ton of information and we got a lot of our...

Posted by Keri Young on Friday, 13 January 2017

The latest post was a 4-D ultrasound image of Eva, whom Keri described as having "chubby cheeks and long fingers and toes".

on Facebook

Quick Eva update if you're interested! We got to see our girl in 4D this afternoon. It was so, so amazing. She has...

Posted by Keri Young on Tuesday, 7 February 2017

on Facebook

This is the best. Abbey has been a true rock for me over the last few months. The fog and haze and shock of Eva's...

Posted by Keri Young on Friday, 10 February 2017

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