Couple Plans To Donate Baby's Organs

By: Malorie Maddox, Jeff Olson Email
By: Malorie Maddox, Jeff Olson Email

It's supposed to be a time of joy and excitement. But for an Omaha couple expecting a new baby, it's been a tough journey. They had to make a decision most of us couldn't imagine being faced with.

"It feels normal, everything feels normal," Becki Sutton said.

At her baby's 20-week-ultrasound, Becci and Eric Abts found out they were having a boy.

"We posted on Facebook that we were having a boy...about 10 minutes later we already had dozens of responses congratulating them," Eric said.

But the couple's celebration came to an abrupt halt. "Our ob came in and told us our child has a rare condition called anencephaly."

Anencephaly is a neural tube defect. Babies like theirs, named Christian, continue to grow in the womb, but nothing forms above the baby's eyebrows. Babies with it do not survive.

"When we found out our child had a zero chance of survival, we just wanted to cherish the little time that we had," Eric said.

The couple says they know that Christian has a purpose. They plan to donate his organs after he is born. "He could save up to six lives," Becci said.

The couple admits they both have moments where the pain sets in, and it's tough planning a birth and a funeral at the same time.

"We at least want to make the most of the time that we do have," Eric said.

Becci will be induced on September 20th. She says the hardest thing about going through this will be going home without her baby.

If you would like to donate to this family, there is a fund set up at all Metro Credit Union locations. It's under Christian Abts.

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