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Couple whose baby Teddy became youngest ever organ donor win Pride of Britain award

Jess in hospital with her twins Photo: ITV News

A couple whose son became the youngest ever organ donor have been given a Special Recognition Pride of Britain award.

Jess Evans and Mike Houlston found out when she was 12 weeks pregnant that one of their twin boys was fatally ill with a rare birth defect that prevents the brain and skull developing.

Jess and Mike with Teddy after he was born Credit: ITV News

They carried on with the pregnancy, having made the decision to offer their son Teddy's organs for transplant.

When Teddy and his twin Noah were born, Mike and Jess were able to spend nearly two hours with Teddy before he died, which Jess describes as “the most precious 100 minutes of my life”.

His story triggered a 378% rise in the number of people signing the organ donation register – meaning Teddy could have saved thousands of lives.

Obviously, we're over the moon, and it's all thanks to Teddy really.

We're only really just starting to understand the impact Teddy has made. We're not extraordinary people, we're just normal people who were faced with a situation.

– Jess Evans
The emotional moment Jess Evans and Mike Houlston receive their Pride of Britain Award Credit: ITV

The Pride of Britain Awards 2015 will be shown on ITV at 8pm on October 1.

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