A few days ago, Royce Young, posted a picture of his wife on Facebook and it went viral. The photo showed Keri, Royce’s wife who was 7-month pregnant, laying peacefully on a couch with her eyes closed.
Royce wrote a long caption explaining what the couple had just learned about Keri’s pregnancy.
Keri is pregnant with a baby girl. They even have decided to name her Eva. However, the couple receives devastating news from their doctor during a routine ultrasound checkup. Their daughter doesn’t have a brain! They are both shaken to their core. That’s when Royce hears the most unselfish thing a mother could say during the circumstances:
“Somehow through full body ugly crying, Keri looked up and asked, ‘If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?’ … 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.”
Keri wants to carry the baby all the way and donate her organs. Royce explains the gut wrenching moment in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 16,000 times.
Royce works as a journalist who covers NBA Basketball for ESPN.com. He went to the city of New Orleans to cover the annual All-Star game, there he met a courageous kid, Jarrius, who needed a liver transplant. Royce says Jarrius inspires him to share story about Keri and their unborn daughter, Eva.
The reason to donate Eva’s organ is not the only reason why Keri wants to carry the baby full term. The couple also thinks Eva deserves to meet her mom and dad even for a moment.
“This is our daughter’s perfect heart. She has perfect feet and perfect hands. She has perfect kidneys, perfect lungs and a perfect liver. Sadly, she doesn’t have a perfect brain,” Keri wrote in a post on Instagram
On her own Facebook page, Keri Young added, “Eva will have life even though it will be short. She’ll donate anything she can and do more in her time on earth than I ever will.”
The Youngs have a 2-year-old son, Harrison, who is too young to understand what’s going to happen with her baby sister.
Royce and Keri has been teaching Harrison to be tough. “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!’”
Royce doesn’t have to ask that question to Keri. She is definitely brave, strong, tough, and passionate.
Royce and Kerri are private people but Royce chooses to share their unique situation with the world because he doesn’t want to look back and realize he misses an opportunity to tell the world how amazing Keri is.
The Youngs know their daughter will be a miracle for another family in need for a new organ for their baby. And that’s more than enough reason for Keri to carry on with her pregnancy.