Wife decides to carry baby without brain to term. Then husband writes her an emotional letter

We’ve always known that women are incredibly strong, but it’s safe to say that this special woman deserves some extra praise. What’s she’s doing is not only courageous but incredibly heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

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Keri and Royce Young were thrilled to hear about a second child that was on its way, and when it was known that they were having a baby girl, they decided to name her Eva. Unfortunately, about 19 weeks into the pregnancy the terrible news came in that the baby wouldn’t survive for more than a couple of hours after birth.


Source: Keri Young, Facebook

Eva was diagnosed with anencephaly, which is a very serious and untreatable disease. It is an uncommon birth defect and means that the baby isn’t developing normally and will be missing major or all parts of the brain and skull. Eva would be born without a brain which results in virtually zero chance of survival. Almost all babies diagnosed with anencephaly pass away a couple hours after birth.

This story is absolutely devastating and heartbreaking, but what follows is incredibly heartwarming. After processing the terrible loss, Kelsi and Royce – who already have a little boy – decided to carry on with the pregnancy. Eva’s organs could be donated perfectly to other sick babies so that she could save lives. “She is going to do more in her short live than I ever will“, said Keri.

They also felt that their baby had the right to meet her parents and are looking forward to seeing her for the first time. It definitely was a tough decision for Keri and Royce to have a baby that wouldn’t live longer than a couple of hours, but in their hearts, they knew that they were making the right decision.

Royce, who happens to work as a writer, decided to share this story with the world in an incredibly touching Facebook post. He praises his wife and lets the whole world know that she’s a heroine. Royce wrote his post when Keri fell asleep next to him and his post went viral straight away. The couple is overwhelmed by the support of tons of people sharing their condolences and support.

Here’s what Royce wrote for his wife:

The other night, before I left for New Orleans, I was watching my beautiful wife sleep peacefully on the couch.


Source: Royce Young, Facebook

I looked at her laying there, her belly big with our daughter kicking away, a daughter that won’t live more than a few days, and it just overwhelmed me of how incredible this woman is. I’m a writer so when I’m feeling something, I tend to have to write it down. So I pulled out my phone and started writing what I was thinking. And I realized tonight sitting a thousand miles away in a hotel room, especially after meeting this awesome kid named Jarrius that’s been everywhere at All-Star Weekend who needs a liver transplant, that instead of just keeping this one for me like I normally do, I should tell everyone else just how incredible Keri Young is. (I also miss her five seconds after I leave the house for a trip so I’m thinking about her all the time anyway.)


Source: Royce Young, Facebook

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?” 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.


Source: Royce Young, Facebook

This whole process has been rough, but I say that as someone watching from the bleachers like the rest of you. 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. Her back hurts. Her feet are sore. She’s got all the super fun pregnant stuff going on. But the light at the end of her nine-month tunnel will turn into a darkness she’s never felt before a couple hours or days after Eva is born. She’s the one that is going to deal with all that comes with having a baby– her milk coming in, the recovery process, etc, but with no snuggly, soft, beautiful newborn to look at to remind you that it was all worth it.

We made our choice to carry Eva to full term for a lot of reasons, but the first and foremost was to donate her organs. We don’t say that to try and sound like great people or anything. It was just a practical endgame that in our minds, before we came to the realization Eva is alive and our daughter deserves to meet her mama and daddy, gave us a purpose to continue on. 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. Keri saw that almost instantly. That kid Jarrius wears a shirt that says “It Takes Lives To Save Lives.” I couldn’t stop thinking about that all day. There’s another family out there hurting and hoping for a miracle for their baby, knowing full well someone else’s baby will need to die first. Eva can be that miracle.

We’re getting closer to the finish line, and while it’s going to be amazing to run through that tape and meet Eva, it comes at a cost. We’ll go to the hospital for a birth, and go home without a baby.

A lot of people say things like, “I wouldn’t change anything” after a trying circumstance, but I’m not about to say that. 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.


Source: Royce Young, Facebook

Whenever Harrison gets hurt, or has to pull a bandaid off or something, Keri will ask him, “Are you tough? Are you BRAVE?” And that little boy will nod his head and say, “I tough! I brave!” I’m looking at Keri right now and I don’t even have to ask. She’s TOUGH. She’s BRAVE. 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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