Two babies are alive after a Tennessee mom made the decision to give birth to her dying baby.
People reports Krysta Davis was a little more than 18 weeks pregnant when doctors informed her and her boyfriend, Derek Lovett, that something was wrong.
Here is little bit making her rounds in my uterus, haha.
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Their unborn daughter, Rylei Arcadia Diane Lovett, was diagnosed with anencephaly. She would be lucky to live more than 30 minutes after birth.
“[The doctor] said babies with anencephaly don’t tend to survive birth let alone cord-cutting. There was no outcome where she would be able to survive on her own for very long if at all.”
Anencephaly is a rare condition where an infant is missing parts of the brain or skull, People reports.
“It was definitely shocking. It was a huge heartbreak knowing that we’d miscarried previously and were having complications with this pregnancy. It was really hard to take in.”
Davis, 23, and Lovett, 26 had two options.
They could either induce labor immediately or carry the baby to term and donate the child’s organs. They chose the later.
The mom said:
“We decided that even if we couldn’t bring our daughter home, no mother would have to go through what we were going to go through.”
On Christmas Eve, Davis gave birth to Rylei at 40 weeks and two days.
Davis recounted her daughter’s birth:
“She came out star-gazing. She was born face-up.It was the most overwhelming feeling of love that I’ve ever felt in my life. Laying eyes on her, I never knew that I could love someone so much. It was insane.”
To everyone’s surprise, Rylei lived for an entire week after birth.
According to People, Davis said Rylei hadn’t cried at all, but during her last day living, the newborn let out a small cry. Her oxygen had become too low.
Davis said it felt like her baby was fighting to stay around just a little bit longer.
Rylei passed away on New Year’s Eve. Her parents donated her heart valves to two other babies and her lungs to a research hospital.
“We were able to fit an entire lifetime of love into that one week with her that wasn’t promised to begin with. She just smiled the whole time. She was such a good baby.”
As People reports, the parents have had a hard time coping with the loss of their daughter. However, they are warmed by the thought of two other babies getting “a second chance at life.”