Royce and Keri Young live in Oklahoma with their son Harrison. Royce is a sports writer who works for ESPN. Keri is currently pregnant with their second child, a girl they’ve named Eva.
Unfortunately, Eva has been diagnosed with anencephaly – which means she does not have a fully developed brain.
“Eva has a cerebellum and that is what controls all her movement and keeps her heart beating and little body growing,” Keri explains. “Her eyes are a little larger than most but aside from her defects, she is completely normal.”
Sadly, this defect means that Eva is unlikely to live long after birth. In spite of this, the Youngs have decided to carry the baby to term in order to provide viable organs for other babies in critical condition. Royce took to Facebook to pay tribute to his wife for staying strong in the face of such pain. Their story has captivated thousands.
“I thought back to the moment where we found out Eva wasn’t perfect, and how 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?”
“[…] 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 received an overwhelming outpouring of love, including some deeply moving messages from people who have been in their shoes.
Both Keri and Royce have expressed their utmost thanks to members of the public for their show of support and solidarity.
Keri and Royce continue to share their journey on Facebook and, by doing so, serve as a source of inspiration to many going through tough times.
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