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WATWB: A Fatal Birth Defect and a Gift of Love


Welcome to WATWB #21, a monthly celebration of positive news stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope.

My offering this month is a story that moved me in powerful ways I cannot explain. It starts with a young couple expecting a baby.  In her 18th week of pregnancy, Krysta Davis found out the baby she was carrying was diagnosed with anencephaly, “a fatal neurological defect that occurs when parts of the brain and skull are missing. In most cases, babies diagnosed with it live between a few minutes and a few days.”

A doctor told Krysta that if she decided to go full term with the pregnancy, they could donate baby Rylei’s organs to help other babies.

In Krysta’s words:

“Derek and I looked at each other and knew what we were going to do. I may have not been able to take my baby home, but I could maybe use her life to give other mothers the chance to.”

Baby Rylei was born on Christmas Eve and lived for one week. She was miraculously stronger than anyone would have imagined.
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Our cohosts for this month are:  Inderpreet Uppal Shilpa Garg Sylvia McGrath , Peter Nena, Belinda WitzenHausen. Please link to them in your WATWB posts and go say hi!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

35 thoughts on “WATWB: A Fatal Birth Defect and a Gift of Love

  1. A powerful story, indeed, JoAnna.

  2. What a shining light these parents are in their unselfish love of their unborn to give other parents new hope for their children.. A powerful story and message for us all… ❤
    Sending much love your way JoAnna.. ❤

  3. A precious and powerful story – thank you for sharing.

  4. I cried at this story. What a precious and brave choice Krysta and Derek made. It is definitely a touching and beautiful testament to Rylie’s short life.

    • I’m moved at how you appreciate the story. Krysta and Derek are among the many young people who give me hope. The love they gave Rylie sure tugged at my heart.

  5. To carry a pregnancy for nine months knowing that you’ll never keep the baby, that its organs will be donated to save others! That is so brave and selfless of Krysta and Derek! Thank you for sharing this story, JoAnna. I’m co-hosting this month.

  6. JoAnna, thanks for sharing this incredible story, so filled with love and caring. There is a lot of courage to make such a decision but it shows that going with your conviction is right. Krysta and Derek are bound with even stronger bonds of love and little Rylei got to be loved for a week.

    No one can read this without feeling tears well up.


  7. Hi JoAnna – what a wonderful story … such generosity of spirit with that delight of the newborn lovely to behold. They are such brave youngsters and I loved the fact that Clarissa has helped them with photos – so they will be able to remember together. Quite uplifting for us all – sad, but knowing acceptance was there … makes it so so human – love is, just love is – cheers Hilary

    • Thank you for these wise observations, Hilary. You’ve reminded me, like the story, that we can be sad and loving, sad and strong, at the same time, and it is all worthwhile. Love lifts us.

  8. thanks JoAnna – life among death – the parents were incredibly brave and Rylei looks too dear when newly born. Her spirit will surely live on –

  9. Should I call it a coincidence that we both chose this for our WATWB stories of the month, or is it something more powerful than a coincidence?

  10. Wow beautiful in did we are the world, how are you and your beautiful family?

  11. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Hugs…

  12. That is an incredible story of love and sacrifice. God bless the family. Thank you for sharing. #WATWB

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