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ESPN Writer’s Wife Decides To Carry Baby To Full Term To Allow For Organ Donation

When ESPN NBA writer Royce Young and his wife, Keri, learned at 19 weeks gestation that their second child was going to be born with anencephaly, a terminal condition in which a baby is born without parts of his/her brain or skull,  Keri stepped up in her moment of grief, not for herself, but for other mothers; for other parents.

She asked the doctor, if she carried the baby girl to full term, would it be possible to donate her child’s organs in order to save the lives of others? The answer was “Yes.” So, that’s what the Young’s are doing. They will hold their newborn in early May for minutes, or if they’re lucky, for hours. Then, they’ll let her go so her spirit can live on in others.

Royce wrote a touching tribute on Facebook  about Keri.

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. There I was, crestfallen and heartbroken, 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. It’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced. In the eight years we’ve been married (and 15 years together) I’ve had a lot of moments stop me in my tracks where I thought, “holy crap, this woman I’m married to, lucky me.” But this one was different. It hit me that not only am I married to my very best friend, but to a truly remarkable, special human being.

Here’s the full post:

Good Morning America told their story as well.


Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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