A mom in Tennessee made the brave decision to give birth to her terminally ill daughter so that she could donate her organs to other babies in need.
There is nothing quite as heartbreaking as hearing a story of parents having to deal with the loss of a child. It is something we have never had to go through, and an evil that we wouldn't wish on our worst enemy. To have the joy of finding out that you are going to become parents, or the happiness of already being parents, ripped away from you in such a way is almost too much to even comprehend.
That news was broken to Krysta Davis and Derek Lovett during the former's 18th week of pregnancy reports People. The Tennessee couple was tragically informed that their unborn daughter Rylei had developed anencephaly. The condition causes the baby to be born with parts of his or her brain and skull missing.
Krysta and Derek were then posited with an impossible decision. To either induce labor immediately or carry Rylei to term so that she could donate her organs. The devastated parents nobly opted for the latter. Krysta gave birth to Rylei and even though babies born with anencephaly rarely live more than 30 minutes after birth, her parents got to spend a full week with her before she sadly passed away.
Then came the reason Krysta and Derek made the tough decision they had made months earlier. The donation of Rylei's organs. Her heart valves were given to two different children, while her lungs were donated to a research facility. Rylei's mom told People "it warms our hearts to know that [Rylei’s life] will give two other babies a second chance at life."
As we outlined at the beginning of this story, we can't even begin to imagine how tough a decision it must have been for Krysta to carry Rylei to term. However, her and Derek's decision to do so means that they may have prevented two other sets of parents from having to go through what they did. Plus, it also meant they had the chance to spend a week with their daughter that they would otherwise have never had.