Hayley Martin (30) has decided to give the greatest
Christmas gift of all – the organs of her unborn baby to another dying child.
The brave mother from Hull, East Yorkshire was informed at
her 20-week scan that her baby would die mere moments after birth, according to
Doctors advised termination of the pregnancy to avoid the
trauma of a still-birth, but the determined mother and her husband Scott want
to carry the baby to term.
The couple wish to donate their baby’s organs to newborns in
desperate need of a transplant, reports Mirror.
Hayley is likely to be induced during Christmas week and she
hopes her baby’s organs can save another life.
In another show of kindness, she vowed to donate a kidney in
the name of her baby – Ava-Joy – as soon as she’s recovered from the birth.
Hayley wants to prevent other parents from experiencing what
she has to go through: “Our child is going to die no matter what, but if we can
try and save somebody else the grief we’re going through, it will all be worth
“It wasn’t an easy decision but it was the right decision,
and it’s helped me cope with the heartbreak.
“A part of her will live on, she won’t be completely gone.
She’ll be alive in somebody else.
“It’s her Christmas gift to other poorly babies. And I want
to donate my kidney too because Ava will be born without any to donate. I want
to give one in her honour.”
Hayley and Scott are already the proud parents of three
children and they were ecstatic to discover Hayley is pregnant with their
“I remember our first scan picture and we could just see
this little baby who looked like they were waving – it was so beautiful,” said
A 20-week scan revealed the child wouldn’t survive labour.
Ava-Joy was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder –
bilateral renal agenesis.
This means Ava-Joy has no lungs or bladder which is
Despite her strength, Hayley admits the thought of losing
the baby is heartbreaking.
“I try to be as honest as possible and have a rehearsed
speech prepared, but at times I can't help but fall apart and cry – especially
when strangers congratulate me in the supermarket or at the shops,” she
The Martins want to hold a special funeral for the baby and
have made use of Crowdfunding to raise the funds.
“We want to show her how important she is,” said Hayley.
“I’m not going to be able to ever give her a birthday or
Christmas present – all the stuff a mother should be able to do – so the funeral
is really important to me.
“We want to say goodbye in a way that mirrors just how
special and loved she truly is.”