It was both a tragic and joyous day for a couple in the United Kingdom yesterday. April 22nd marked the one-year anniversary of the death of their baby — a baby who died a hero.
Jess Evans was pregnant with twins boys when she was told 12 weeks into her first trimester that one of her babies was fatally ill. Her unborn child had a rare disease that prevents the brain and skull from developing. The Doctors gave her the option of abortion, but she wanted to wait. It was possible her baby could live minutes to hours, and for parents Jess Evans and Mike Houlston that was better than nothing.
“We thought that even if we had a moment with him, or 10 minutes, or an hour, that time was the most precious thing that we would ever experience,” Jess said.
As Evans got closer to her due date she decided she wanted to donate her baby’s organs. Little did she know that they would save the life of an adult.
Their son Teddy lived for 100 minutes, and it was just a few moments after his death that he underwent surgery to donate his kidneys to an adult with renal failure. He is now known as a hero and the youngest organ donor ever.
The parents, along with their daughter Billie and son Noah, Teddy’s twin brother, visited the grave site of their lost child yesterday. Since the death of their son, Jess and her husband have been raising funds for 2 Wish Upon a Star, a charity aimed to help families who have lost their children.