Every now and then, people show they are able to go above and beyond in order to make the best of what they have. In the case of Keri and Royce Young, that included making sure their child's misfortunes would at least help to change the lives of others.
The Youngs were expecting a child when, during a visit to the doctor's office, they learned their baby girl's brain hadn't developed — she wasn't going to live for more than just a few days.
They immediately broke into tears.
Still shaken by what she had just learned, the mom looked up at the doctor and asked whether she could carry the baby full term so that her organs could be donated.
“Oh honey, that’s so brave of you to say,” the doctor told her as she rubbed her shoulder.
Taking pride in his wife's selflessness, Royce noted that in the eight years they have been together, he has never seen her so strong. Seeing his wife's belly growing and feeling their daughter kicking, he took to Facebook to write about their experience.
In the post, which has now been shared by more than 23,000 people, the dedicated dad and husband wrote that seeing his wife being so courageous in one of the most heartbreaking moments of her life “overwhelmed” him. As he watched her show of strength, compassion, and selflessness, he finally realized that had been “one of the most powerful things I've ever experienced,” he wrote.
“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,” Royce said. “It hit me that not only am I married to my very best friend, but to a truly remarkable, special human being.”
Just 24 hours after receiving the terrible news, the couple visited LifeShare of Oklahoma and a doctor at Baptist Medical Center to discuss their idea. That's when they learned that their baby's kidneys, heart valves, liver, and pancreas could be eligible for donation. Additionally, the baby's lungs could also be donated to research.
Despite the difficulty in discussing what they would be doing with their baby daughter's organs, they felt they were doing the right thing. Still, they were “hoping for a miracle,” the mom wrote on a Facebook post. “But someone else is desperately hoping for a miracle. Their kidneys are failing them. Their liver has betrayed them. They deserve life, and they’re probably praying for it.”
Then, on April 18, the proud father said the couple finally said hello and goodbye to their little girl, named Eva Grace Young.
She lived long enough to give them a chance to say goodbye and also to ensure other lives would be saved. That alone is a feat worth living for.