One dad’s heartbreaking Facebook post about his incredible his wife is going viral.
Royce Young posted an image of his pregnant wife, Keri, sleeping on the couch along with a lengthy caption detailing her difficult second pregnancy.
The couple learnt during an ultrasound at 19 weeks that their baby girl had fetal anencephaly, a condition that meant she would be born without a fully developed brain and that she wouldn’t survive longer than few hours after her birth.
Yet despite the devastating news, the couple have made the difficult decision to continue with the pregnancy.
“Literally 30 seconds after our doctor told us our baby doesn’t have a brain, somehow through full body ugly crying, Keri looked up and asked, ‘If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?'” writes Royce in his Facebook post, which has been shared thousands of times.
Royce wrote that although he was heartbroken, his wife’s selflessness “lifted him out of the moment” and he “just stood in awe of her.”
“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.”
The couple have named the baby Eva (which means life) but while they look forward to meeting her, Royce says it comes at a cost.
“This whole process has been rough…Keri has been in the trenches the entire time, feeling every little kick, every hiccup and every roll. She’s reminded every moment of every day that she’s carrying a baby that will die,” he writes. “We’ll go to the hospital for a birth, and go home without a baby.”
But donating baby Eva’s organs and getting to hold her in their arms are giving the couple a purpose to continue.
“Donating was on Keri’s mind from darn near the second we found out and while the experience of holding and kissing our daughter will be something we cherish forever, the gift(s) she’s got inside that little body of hers is what really matters.”
While they’ve accepted what’s to come, Royce still wishes he could change the situation.
“A lot of people say things like, ‘I wouldn’t change anything’ after a trying circumstance, but I’m not about to say that,” he writes. “I would definitely change this if I could. I want my daughter to be perfect. I want her to blow out her candles on her first birthday. I want to watch her bang her head on our coffee table trying to learn to walk. I want her to run up a cell phone bill texting boys. I want to walk her down an aisle. I want to change it all so, so badly. But I can’t. This is our reality. And there’s no stopping it.”
He ends his post on a touching note, praising the strength of his wife.
“She’s incredible. She’s remarkable. She’s cut from a different cloth, combining wit, beauty, courage, silliness, character and integrity into one spectacular woman. And somehow, she’s my wife. Not that I needed some awful situation like this to actually see all of that, but what it did was make me want to tell everyone else about it.”
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