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At 13 weeks pregnant, Emma Lee received devastating news.
The 32-year-old and her husband, Drew, were told one of their twins suffered from anencephaly – a deadly condition that prevented the brain and skull from developing.
Faced with the option of aborting her baby girl, Emma decided to carry her to full term, knowing the baby would die shortly after birth.
Baby Hope and her brother, Josh, was born last week.
Baby Hope became Britain’s youngest organ donor after living for just 74 minutes https://t.co/mr4wP37Y2K
— New York Post (@nypost) December 3, 2015
Hope lived only 74 minutes before dying in her mother’s arms at a Cambridge hospital.
“I don’t think anyone spoke during the 74 minutes, we just all gave her cuddles,” she told The Mirror.
Hope’s parents donated her kidneys and liver cells to others in need.
Her mum said the decision was “heartbreaking”, but that they were inspired by the story of baby Teddy Houlston, who was born in April with the same condition and whose organs helped others.