A man’s post celebrating his wife’s bravery has gone viral online, with thousands sharing and reacting to her husband’s post about their heartbreaking, selfless decision regarding their unborn child.
Since Royce Young, a writer for ESPN, posted the message on Feb. 17, the post has been shared 12,500 times and more than 32,000 people have reacted.
The post begins with a sweet vision of Young watching his pregnant wife, Keri, sleeping, and then goes into shattering detail about what they learned about their child: that she wouldn’t likely live long after delivery because she hasn’t developed a brain. The Youngs decided to go forward with the pregnancy in order to meet the baby, whom they’ll name Eva, and then donate her organs to help other children.
Young wrote: “This whole process has been rough, but I say that as someone watching from the bleachers like the rest of you. Keri has been in the trenches the entire time, feeling every little kick, every hiccup and every roll. She's reminded every moment of every day that she's carrying a baby that will die.”
Young said the family “first and foremost” decided to carry their baby to term because of organ donation. He wrote: ”There's another family out there hurting and hoping for a miracle for their baby, knowing full well someone else's baby will need to die first. Eva can be that miracle.”
Young said in the post that if he could, he would change things, but he knows he can’t. He wrote, “This is our reality. And there's no stopping it.”
He ended the post with: “Whenever (our son) Harrison gets hurt, or has to pull a Band-Aid off or something, Keri will ask him, 'Are you tough? Are you BRAVE?' And that little boy will nod his head and say, 'I tough! I brave!' I'm looking at Keri right now and I don't even have to ask. She's TOUGH. She's BRAVE. She's incredible. She's remarkable. She's cut from a different cloth, combining wit, beauty, courage, silliness, character and integrity into one spectacular woman. And somehow, she's my wife. Not that I needed some awful situation like this to actually see all of that, but what it did was make me want to tell everyone else about it.”
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