Parents Choose to Deliver Their Terminally Ill Baby, Knowing She Will Die to Save the Lives of Others

KDRV NEWS | Shaelynn Miller

Hearing your child's heartbeat on the ultrasound means feeling a lot of things: excitement, happiness and even anxiety about parenthood. But Keri and Royce Young didn't feel any of these emotions at their ultrasound appointment.

The devastating news

In December 2016, the Youngs found out that their unborn child had terminal anencephaly, meaning her brain was underdeveloped. Keri shared the devastating news with a photo of her 19-week ultrasound: "This is our daughter's perfect heart. 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."

It was an emotional appointment for parents Keri and Royce. Royce shared Keri's first reaction to the news: "somehow through full body ugly crying, Keri looked up and asked, 'If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?'"

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