A devastated mother who carried her dying baby to full term so she could donate her organs spent one precious week with her little angel.
Krysta Davis made the heartbreaking decision so her baby could donate organs to other children.
She was only 18 weeks pregnant when she discovered that her baby had anencephaly – she would be born with parts of her brain missing.
The 23-year-old mom and her partner, 26-year-old Deker, were told they could induce labor or Krysta could carry the baby to full term knowing that their child could die inside her.
“Carrying her to full term would mean we had the option to donate her organs so that other mothers could bring home their babies when we couldn’t,” Krysta expressed.
“That sealed the deal for us, for the entire pregnancy the majority of our strength came from her, it was very positive, and we did everything we could like most parents do.
“We found out her favourite band was Fleetwood Mac and did a lot of normal parent things, but we also had an extra ounce to cherish that little more.
“I knew I had to be happy throughout the entire pregnancy for her, there was no point putting myself or her through that when we had such limited time together.
“It was amazing feeling her kick, I didn’t know if she would move around at all but we found out, as she moved a lot.”
She added: “As we got further along into the pregnancy she moved more and more, I could watch her little feet move across my belly.
“I had nine months to carry her and fall in love but it was nothing compared to holding her and seeing her, I couldn’t see anything wrong with her when she was born, I was in love.”
Their daughter, Rylei Arcadia, was born on Christmas Eve with a weight of 6 pounds. She survived one week before passing away in her parents’ arms on New Year’s Eve.
Two babies were given another chance at life after Rylei’s heart valves and lungs were donated.
“After she passed, the surgeon came in and told he us he had not met a family like us in 12 years,” Krysta said.
“It felt wonderful knowing that because of her two other kids get to go home, that touched us the most.
“Every time I look at the reminders of her, I treasure the moments, I still get a couple of tears coming down they are perfect moments.
“As hard as it is to give away those organs as it is your child, it makes a huge difference to others’ lives who wouldn’t have a second chance.”
She added: “It brings me to tears every time I look at the images, I wasn’t really in photographer mode, they mean a lot to Krysta and me. I will keep them for the rest of my life.”
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