I have a cousin whose wife had an uneventful pregnancy. Everything was fine until delivery, when sh*t went down. Baby was deprived of oxygen and mom had a hysterectomy and was put into a medical coma. Neither was supposed to make it. Mom made a full recovery, sans uterus, but LO is pretty much a six week old, forever. She is now past 4 yrs old. Mom has two 24 hour nurses as well as herself (she quit her job as a lawyer) to care for LO. I never got the full explanation of why this happened, and never felt like it would be appropriate to ask.
My cousin told me that the drs were able to save her ovarian tissue and extract eggs (who knew that was possible during an emergency hysterectomy), and they implanted an embryo into a surrogate. They are having another little girl. While I am excited for them, since they wanted the "normal" parent experience, they also said that now they can rest easy knowing that this new baby will be able to care for her sister when they are gone.
My question? What do people think about having babies to harvest organs for, or in this case, to care for, a disabled older sibling. I know its not the only reason they are having another baby, but they made it clear that it was a major reason.
Either way, I am happy they were able to achieve this dream of theirs.