Youngest Organ Donor in The World Saves a Stranger's Life
Teddy was with us for only 100 minutes, but he was able to save the life of someone he will never meet.
Teddy had anencephaly, which is a rare and fatal condition that prevents the normal development of the brain and the bones of the skull. Parents Jess and Mike Houlston, were told Teddy would die very shortly after his birth.
Even though the doctors offered other options for Teddy, the parents refused to stop the pregnancy. “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 told Britain’s The Mirror.
Baby Teddy was born on April 22 last year and died 100 minutes after he entered the world. Just three minutes after his death, doctors carried out a surgery to donate Teddy’s kidneys and heart valves. He became Britain’s youngest-ever organ donor and saved an adult stranger’s life.
“He lived and died a hero,” said Mike. “It’s impossible to explain how proud we are of him.”Adds Jess: “Although he wasn’t with us very long and we brought him into the world knowing there was no hope of a life for him, we are incredibly proud of his heroism.”
Teddy has already inspired other people to give: A JustGiving donation page his parents set up in honor of him to raise money for a charity that supports parents that have lost young ones has already raised $16,500!