Mother Carries Dying Baby to Term to Donate Organs, Saves Two Children


A newborn with anencephaly is carried to full-term by two loving parents who gave her life a lasting legacy by donating her organs.


Rylei Lovett was born in Chattanooga Tennessee with a rare brain condition. The condition, anencephaly, has a high mortality rate, due to the brain of the baby not being fully developed. The serious birth defect is diagnosed when the baby is born without parts of the brain and skull. Dr. Kyle Gonzales at Erlanger Hospital mentioned they only see that condition once a year, and none of the babies have survived.

Krysta Davis and David Lovett, were18 weeks pregnant with Rylei, when they received the devastating news: “We only had two options. We could have her now or carry her to full-term” in order to donate her organs, said Davis.

The Lovett’s decided to carry their precious daughter to full term in an effort to give her short life lasting purpose. “If I wasn’t able to bring my baby home, at least others could bring theirs home,” Davis commented.

Davis told PEOPLE magazine “We decided that even if we couldn’t bring our daughter home, no mother would have to go through what we were going to go through.”

Through Rylie’s life, two children were saved—each receiving a heart valve. The doctors stated she would only live a maximum of 30 minutes outside of the womb but miraculously Rylie survived a week. Anencephaly affects 3 pregnancies in every 10,000 in the United States.

Rylei fought for her life, Davis describes “It’s like she was fighting to give us more time. It was amazing.” Rylei came to earth on Christmas Eve and passed away on New Year’s Eve. Davis continues, “She surprised everyone by being alive for that week.” This little miracle is in heaven now and is a true hero in this life.