Teddy Houlston may have died 100 minutes after his birth, but his short life – and death – has touched a huge amount of people after he became Britain’s youngest ever organ donor.
His parents were told in the 12th week of the pregnancy that Teddy would not live long, either being stillborn or dying shortly after his birth, yet they still made the decision to keep him and allow his kidney and heart valves to be donated to save other lives.
His mother, Jess Evans, claimed:
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.
We hope Teddy’s story will inspire families who find themselves in the position of losing a child. Knowing part of your loved one is living on in someone else is comforting.
The young couple from Cardiff also have another son, Noah, Teddy’s twin, who was born healthy and did not suffer from the condition that stopped Teddy’s brain and skull from developing.
Mike and Jess are now raising money for the 2 Wish Upon A Star, a charity that helps parents come to terms with the loss of a child.