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.
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Good Morning America told their story as well.
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