The youngest ever organ donor was just a few minutes old when his parents made it possible for him to give the greatest gift to another person: his life-saving organs.
Little Teddy reportedly died in Wales, Great Britain, 100 minutes after he was born on April 22, 2014, to mom Jess Evans and father Mike Houlston. His parents discovered 12 weeks into the pregnancy that one of the twins Evans was carrying was ill and wouldn’t make it past a day or two after birth, reports the Mirror.
Devastated, Evans and Houlston searched for ways they could ensure their baby’s short life had purpose. They found it by offering to donate Teddy’s kidneys and heart valves, which were removed three minutes after his death.
Teddy is now Britain’s youngest ever organ donor.
"He lived and died a hero,” Houlston, 30, said. “It’s impossible to explain how proud we are of him.”
Evans, 28, says she hopes Teddy’s story will inspire other families in the same position to consider donating their child’s organs. “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,” she said.
Teddy, who suffered from a condition called anencephaly, which prevents the brain and skull from developing, donated his organs to an adult who lives in Leeds, England, reports BBC News. The procedure of retrieving organs from a newborn for transplant is incredibly rare. After Teddy died, doctors worked quickly to ensure they were removing kidneys that were still healthy enough to function in another human.
There are currently 7,000 patients on the organ donation list in the United Kingdom.