Keri and Royce Young made the difficult decision to carry their terminally ill baby to term in order to donate her organs.
The couple recently opened up to Good Morning America about their emotional experience. They learned that their daughter was missing the cortex of her brain at Keri’s 19-week ultrasound and from there, made the selfless decision.
After the couple learned of their daughter’s anencephaly condition, they explained that the “first 48 hours [after the checkup] were very very dark and very heavy and very testing.”
Royce, an ESPN reporter, added to GMA: "You can be the most pro-life person in the world, but until you sit there and you, you hear those words and you look at your future going forward, that's when you have got to face the reality and make your own decision.”
Keri admits she’s “terrified” for the delivery, but is trying to enjoy the little time she has left with her baby. She also revealed that she can still feel her daughter hiccup and kick.
"I keep telling people we have a whole lifetime to be sad, after she's born and after she passes, then that's sad,” Keri said. “But now, she's alive and she's kicked and … for this pregnancy, that's the most joyful part."
Their doctors told them to that their baby will not live long, it could be “anywhere from five minutes to 36 hours.”
"For as long as she lives, 24 hours, 48 hours, we realized we're her momma and her daddy and we got to do … we have got to do our job,” Royce told GMA. "We look forward to holding her, kissing her, talking to her, telling her about her brother. And to think that that might have to be done in five minutes is really hard."
[H/T Twitter / @WCVB]