A Boy Who Lived Only 2 Hours Is Declared A Hero After Becoming UK's Youngest Organ Doner
Teddy Houlston lived for only 100 minutes but in his short life he broke records and made a difference.
He was born with a fatal condition. His parents, knowing that he would die shortly after birth, were keen to offer his organs to someone else. Doctors were sceptical at first, they weren’t sure if it would be possible to transplant organs from such a young baby, but the perseverance of the parents meant that they eventually found a way.
Teddy was born shortly after his twin, Noah, and although he died in April last year his transplanted kidneys helped save the life of an adult who suffered from renal failure.
Angharad Griffiths, a specialist nurse in organ donations, said the procedure was “nothing short of a miracle”.
“I was overwhelmed by their [the parents’] passion for donation. We didn’t know what the potential for organ donation was at that stage,” she said.
“But despite all of that uncertainty, the barriers we might face, they were still adamant that this was what they wanted to pursue. And so I vowed that I would try and do that for them.”
Teddy’s father, Mike, told The Mirror, “He lived and died a hero. It’s impossible to explain how proud we are of him.”
Teddy’s mother, Jess, added: “Although he wasn’t with us very long, and we brought him into the world knowing there was no hope of a life for him, we are incredibly proud of his heroism.”
What an incredible story, Mike and Jess should be very proud of themselves for having the bravery to turn something so saddening into a positive.