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The gift of life: One mother's selfless Christmas sacrifice

A brave mother will give the most selfless gift of all this Christmas, when she donates her unborn baby’s organs to another dying child.

Hayley Martin knows from her 20-week scan that the child she is carrying, already named Ava-Joy, will die during labour or moments after birth. But instead of taking the termination offered by doctors to avoid the trauma of stillbirth, she and husband Scott have decided to complete the pregnancy- all so that their tiny daughter’s organs can go to other babies in ­desperate need of transplants.

In the most remarkable show of festive giving, Hayley, who is likely to be induced in Christmas week, now hopes her unborn child will live on in the babies she saves, and she has even vowed to donate one of her own kidneys in Ava-Joy’s name as soon as she has recovered from the birth. Hayley and Scott join us to tell us more.

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