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OKC sportswriter's story highlights organ donation cause

Royce Young covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for ESPN. Most of the time he writes about Russell Westbrook, how the Thunder are playing at any given time and whatever might be in store for the team's future.

But sports is not the subject of this story. Words like heartwarming, gut wrenching and thought provoking might be used to describe the saga around the birth of Young and his wife Keri's second child. Like a poorly shot 3-pointer, these words fall well short of the mark.

The Youngs got the news their daughter, Eva, was diagnosed with a genetic disorder "incompatible with life" roughly four months into Keri's pregnancy. What followed is a tale of hard choices, even harsher realities and hope.

Here's where the story begins but the entire read is well worth your time:

We spent months bracing and preparing for the death of our daughter. But guess what? We weren't ready.
So here’s the backstory: In December, my wife Keri and I went in for the standard 19-week anatomy scan of our second child. As a parent, you think that appointment is all about finding out boy or girl, but it’s about a whole lot more. In our case, our daughter was diagnosed with a rare birth defect called anencephaly. Some three in 10,000 pregnancies rare. Congratulations to us. The phrase our doctor used in explaining it was “incompatible with life,” which looks as terrible in words as it sounds. The child fails to develop the frontal lobe of the brain, or the top of their skull. The chance of survival is literal zero percent.

April is National Donate Life Month. Here's a look at the big picture:

In 2016,  more than  33,600 transplants brought renewed life to patients and their families
and communities  (from 9,900 deceased and 5,900 living donors).

• More than 119,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants (1,100 of them are10 years old or younger).

• About 58%of patients awaiting lifesaving transplants are minorities.

• Another person is added to the  nation’s organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.

• 8,000 people die each year (22people each day — almost  one person each hour)  because the organs they need are not donated in time.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›