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Acadiana family shares heartbreaking loss and decision to give the 'gift of life'

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In 59 minutes Clark Decell became a hero. 

"It takes a life to save a life and fortunately for us...our son has become a hero," Father, Ryan Decell, said. 

Born with Anencephaly, a birth defect in which a  baby is born without part of the brain and skull, Clark's parents found out his fate early on. 

"He explained to us that it was a terminal diagnosis and that the pregnancy would not be considered compatible with life," Mother, Melissa Decell said. "If the baby survived the duration of the pregnancy he would pass soon after the delivery....minutes, hours, days after he was born" 

Even with the devastating news, Melissa and Ryan stayed strong. They knew that Clark's life was meant for greatness. 

"We really felt like this is where we were meant to go," Melissa said. "That this was the purpose of Clark. This was his purpose and what he was meant to do." 

While trying to enjoy every aspect of the pregnancy--Melissa and Ryan began researching.

How could they make Baby Clark's life matter? 

That is when they found Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency or LOPA. Armed with information and the hope that their son could help others--Melissa and Ryan contacted LOPA and began the process. 

"In these cases, babies with anencephaly, the organs go for research," Laura Leguinn, quality donation specialist with LOPA, said. "With Clark, instead of saving one life he can save many lives. By researching his organs we can find the next cure for a disease, treatment or surgical procedure." 

On August 4, 2017 Clark was born. 

He lived for 59 minutes...but in that time made quite an impact. 

"To have those 59 minutes with him and for him to be able to donate was completely worth it," Melissa said. 

For more information on this type of organ donation you can visit lopa.org or call 1-800-521-GIVE. 

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