Last week, a dad wrote a heartbreaking tribute to his wife that may leave you in tears. Royce Young posted a photo on Facebook of his wife Keri. It looks sweet at first glance, a photo shows Keri, who is seven months pregnant with their second child, sleeping on their couch.
The caption, sadly, says otherwise. Royce explains why his wife is so inspiring to him, opening up on the tragic details of this pregnancy–Keri is pregnant with a girl, whom they’ve decided to name Eva. But the couple learned at their 19-week ultrasound that their daughter does not have a brain.
Royce described the moment in his post, stating how his wife surprised him by suggesting she carry Eva to term so they could donate their daughter’s organs:
“Through full body ugly crying, Keri looked up and asked, ‘If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?’ … There I was, crestfallen and heartbroken, but I momentarily got lifted out of the moment and just stood in awe of her. I was a spectator to my own life, watching a superhero find her superpowers.
In literally the worst moment of her life, finding out her baby was going to die, it took her less than a minute to think of someone else and how her selflessness could help. It’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced. “
Royce explained why he that he went to New Orleans for NBA All-Star Weekend where he met a kid named Jarrius, who needs a liver transplant. This encounter is what prompted Royce to use social media to reveal what his family is going through right now. He went on to say how his wife continues to inspire him everyday with her choice to carry Eva to term so she can donate Eva’s organs to those in need:
“Keri has been in the trenches the entire time, feeling every little kick, every hiccup and every roll,” he wrote. “…But the light at the end of her nine-month tunnel will turn into a darkness she’s never felt before a couple hours or days after Eva is born. She’s the one that is going to deal with all that comes with having a baby ― her milk coming in, the recovery process, etc, but with no snuggly, soft, beautiful newborn to look at to remind you that it was all worth it.”
Ultimately, Royce believes that their daughter will be a “miracle” for another family in need of an organ donation for their child. Royce and Keri are parents to their 2-year-old son named Harrison. As of now, the post has garnered 10K shares, illustrating that it’s hit a chord with many, which is not surprising considering many families deal with similar situations, including pregnancy loss and miscarriage. Despite the fact that their situation is hard talk about, Royce mentioned that it is necessary to write about because he wanted to pay tribute to his wife’s courage and grace.