Royce and Keri Young welcomed their second child — a little girl — earlier this week, but were forced to quickly say their goodbyes as the infant died due to a rare, deadly disorder. The Oklahoma couple made headlines earlier this year after revealing that they had decided to carry their daughter, Eva, to term, despite the fact that she’d likely only live for just a few hours.
“We said hello and goodbye to our sweet Eva yesterday,” Keri wrote of her daughter alongside an Instagram photo of herself and her family in a hospital bed. “She was so perfect in her own little way.”
The Youngs learned in December that Eva had Anencephaly, a rare condition in which an infant is missing the cortex of their brain. However, Keri planed to carry the child to term, and donate the baby’s organs to children in need. In the Instagram photo, Keri sported a big smile as she held what appeared to be little Eva wrapped in a blanket. Beside her, Royce sat with a grin while he held the couple’s young son.
“She’s gonna do more in her 24 hours or whatever than maybe we’ll ever do in our lives,” Royce told ABC News in a March interview on Good Morning America. “To be able to remember our daughter in that way is pretty powerful.”