OKINAWA, JAPAN (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Pearl City woman who now lives in Okinawa with her husband are trying to do something positive after their newborn baby girl suffered life-threatening brain damage at birth.
Lynsey Gosin and her husband Fabian were ready to be proud first-time parents. Lynsey gave birth to Zephaniah Keiko Gosin on August 30.
But Zephy wasn't breathing.
"She came out with a very faint heartbeat, but she didn't have enough oxygen," said Lynsey. "The umbilical cord was wrapped really tightly twice around her neck."
Doctors were able to get her breathing again, but while her body was healthy, she had severe brain damage and was put on life support.
The Gosins decided that Zephy would be a perfect organ donor.
"For her to live on, we couldn't come up with any other way," said Fabian. "If she can't live with us, why can't she give other babies life?"
But the couple found out that Japan doesn't allow organ transplants involving children younger than six years old.
"For whatever reason, they just don't do it," said Fabian. "And that puts us in the situation we're in right now."
The Gosins are struggling to find a way to bring Zephaniah or her organs to the U.S. for donation. They already learned that Hawaii doesn't have a neonatal transplant center. They have found a doctor in California who is in need of the organs, but there is the cost of transporting the child. There's also the mounting medical bills while Zephy is kept alive.
The couple is hoping for a miracle that will allow their little daughter to give other babies a chance at life.
"Just knowing that she's able to make a difference somehow, for some other child, would be really rewarding for us as parents, that her life was worth something and she really made a difference, even in her short time here," said Lynsey.
The Gosins reached out to Hawaii Legacy of Life, which has put them in touch with other organizations that might help. Lynsey has also blogged about their effort, and an online fundraiser is underway.