100-Minute-Old Baby Becomes UK's Youngest Organ Donor
Newborn Teddy Houlston, who died 100 minutes after his birth, became Britain’s youngest ever organ donor after his kidneys and heart valves were used to save a man’s life.
The newborn died on April 22, 2014, but news of his miraculous organ donation only came to light this week.
Houlston’s mother, Jess Evans, was 12 weeks pregnant when she learned that one of her unborn twins had a fatal abnormality. The baby was suffering from anencephaly, a serious birth defect which prevents part of the brain and skull from developing.
Evans, 28, and her fiancé Mike Houlston, 30, from Cardiff, Wales, were offered the option of an abortion, but decided against it, according to BBC news.
“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,” Evans told the BBC.
The couple discussed the possibility of organ donation as the pregnancy continued.
“Organ donation was something I’ve always felt quite strongly about ever since I was a child,” Evans said.
Teddy was born soon after his twin brother Noah and lived for less than two hours. Doctors at the University Hospital of Wales performed the surgery to remove his organs three minutes after he died.
His kidneys saved the life of a man with renal failure.
“Knowing that he was able to do such good, more good than most of us will ever do in our lifetime – it is just overwhelming how proud we are of him,” Evans said.
The couple has since become advocates for organ donation. They have set up a Twitter profile in honor of Teddy to bring attention to the cause.