Their Baby Lived For Only 74 Minutes But Ended Up Saving Some Lives
Emma Lee, 32, knew her baby girl was going to die shortly after her birth. The doctors had told her and her husband Drew, 51, that one of the twins she was carrying was suffering from anencephaly, a condition that prevents a brain and skull from fully taking into development. The doctors suggested an abortion of the twin, but the parents decided to go through with their pregnancy anyway.
Their baby named Hope lived 74 minutes before dying in her mother’s arms at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Her mother decided to donate her kidneys and liver cells.
“It’s quite a heartbreaking decision to make. If it was in different circumstances and she had just passed away after birth, I think the decision would not have been that easy.” – Emma Lee tells Cambridge News.
The generous couple got the idea from the story of Cardiff newborn Teddy Houlston, who suffered the same condition as Hope. Teddy was born and only lived to be 100 minutes before passing away. His family donated his heart valve and kidneys so that there would be hope for other babies.
“When we found out Hope wouldn’t survive, knowing Teddy’s story made me confident doctors could do the same thing,”
The couple is finding comfort in the fact that although Hope is not with them, she still lives in the bodies of someone else. “The name has really worked well. We have still got her because she is living on in other people. She only lived for 74 minutes but she has achieved more than some people do in a lifetime. We feel our little girl is a hero.”
Hope’s twin brother Josh was born without any complications.
Article: New York Post