A US mother who vowed to carry her terminally ill unborn daughter to full term has given birth.
Keri Young and her husband, Royce made headlines around the world in December when they announced on Facebook that they had been informed at their 19-week ultrasound that their daughter, Eva had anencephaly, a birth defect in which a baby is born with an underdeveloped brain and an incomplete skull, and would die shortly after birth.
However, rather than terminate the pregnancy, the Oklahoma couple decided that Keri would give birth so she could donate Eva’s organs after she died.
Above: Kerri, Royce, their son Harrison and baby Eva
Eva will have life even though it will be short," Keri wrote at the time. "She'll donate anything she can and do more in her time on earth than I ever will. ... We're not hoping for a miracle. We know she will not live. 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. Eva can be their answer to it.’
And in a touching Instagram post earlier this week, Keri announced the bittersweet news that Eva had been born.
‘We said hello and goodbye to our sweet Eva yesterday,’ Keri captioned a photo of herself, husband Royce Young and their young son, Harrison, on instagram.
‘She was so perfect in her own little way. I'll be sharing more about her incredible story later.’