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.

Davis said:

“[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.

She said:

“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.

Davis said:

“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.”

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7 Replies to “Mom Carries Child to Term and Gives Other Babies ‘Second Chance at Life’ By Donating Dying Baby’s Organs”

  • ALC 1 year ago

    This is exactly what I would ha e done with any of my babies. If I knew and was 100% certain my baby would not survive a day, week, month, I would have told the donation team that anything that can be donated to help other babies, to do it. Heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, stomach, intestines, corneas, sections of skin, bone marrow, whatever is needed. I would cremate my baby so I could have him/her with me always. So many babies could be saved if mine couldnt. God Bless these parents. You did something amazing!

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    As painful and sad as it would have been I still would have done the same thing , I’m so happy that they got that week to love on her and say goodbye.

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Very sad, but what special people these parents are to give a gift such as this.

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    I just wanted to say thank you. We need more selfless people in this world. My heart aches for you all and I believe that your daughter is so very proud of her mommy & daddy. Bless you!!

  • Annie oakley 1 year ago

    May God bless this entire family especially mommy and daddy. Someday we will meet her and she will be healthy and happy and with other children praising the Lord. Rest assured she’s well taken off. She can now hold Jesus hand !! What a precious gift to the other families.

  • Sandy 1 year ago

    I had a baby in 1983 that had anencephaly. He died right after birth and was full term. I had asked the doctors about organ donation and they said that likely all of the babies organs would have been affected by anencephaly. How sad that they were offered and not used.

  • Sally sue 1 year ago


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