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Mother carries her terminally ill baby to term so she can donate organs

By Mason White 2:09 PM January 3, 2017
Robert, Abbey and Annie Ahern
By: Wayne Morin

A mother of Oklahoma, is sharing her incredible story of love and her desire to help other people.

Abbey Ahern, 34, was a proud mother of two daughters, when she found out that she was pregnant.

However, things did not go as she hoped. At her 19-week scan, Abbey and her husband Robert, also 34, learned that their baby had the terminal illness anencephaly.

Doctors informed the couple that their baby will not survive more than a few hours after birth.

The stay-at-home mother decided not to have an abortion. She wanted to continue the pregnancy so that her baby can save other people’s lives by donating the organs.

Abbey said that carrying her daughter to term was the “most difficult thing I have ever done.”

The couple explained that they named their daughter Annie, meaning “grace.”

Annie lived for 14 hours and 58 minutes. During that time, the couple and their two daughters bonded with their baby, they took pictures with her and they read her stories.

After Annie passed away, the couple donated her organs. “The process of donating Annie’s organs has been incredibly healing to me, knowing that my baby has saved lives,” Abbey said.

“Annie got to be with us all day. If she had to die, I’m so glad it was in my arms. She lived a beautiful and incredible 14 hours and 58 minutes. She spent her entire life surrounded by love, joy, and peace. There was no sorrow, even when she passed away,” Abbey said.

“Annie’s story is one of hope. I think it shows people that in the midst of tragedy, there can be beauty. Annie was not ours to keep, her story was meant to be shared, and I intend to do so until the day I die,” she added.