Mum carries dead baby full term to donate organs, told she's too small to save lives

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Hayley Martin found out at her five month scan that baby would be stillborn but decided to carry on with pregnancy to help save lives.

Little Ava-Joy had bilateral renal agenesis, a condition in which the kidneys do not form and her parents were told at the five month scan that she would be stillborn. (Representational Image/ Pixabay)

A woman decided to donate her unborn child’s organs to help others was devastated when she was told that her stillborn daughter was too small to save lives.

Little Ava-Joy had bilateral renal agenesis, a condition in which the kidneys do not form and her parents were told at the five month scan that she would be stillborn.

However, 30-year-old Hayley Martin decided to continue with her pregnancy when she found out her baby was stillborn in order to help save the lives of other children.

Hayley and her husband Scott had planned to donate Ava's heart tissue to another ill child but, sadly, have now revealed that Ava was born too small to be able to donate her organs.

The couple told the Daily Mail that Ava was born just marginally underweight for her organs to be retrieved.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, Hayley said that they were devastated when they found out that she was just 55g underweight, same weight as a packet of crisps.

Despite the sadness, Ava was born on January 8 and lived for 96 minutes, crying, wriggling and gripping her mother's finger.

Hayley and Scott are also setting up a charity in Ava's name to provide support for women who choose to continue with their pregnancies when they know their baby will die.

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