A Texas woman gave birth to her child two weeks early so that her dying husband could meet and touch the child before he died.
Early Meet the Parents of a Two-Week-Old Baby
After eight months of chemotherapy, Mark Aulger, 52, found he was cancer-free. That Christmas, he and his six-member family rejoiced and anticipated the new year with glee, especially after finding that Diane, Mark’s wife, was expecting their fifth child. Everything looked to be going well at the moment, and Mark and the rest of the Aulger family thought they were in for a new beginning.
Unfortunately, Mark discovered on January 3 of the following year that the chemotherapy side effects had proven harmful to his lungs after racing to the hospital complaining of trouble breathing. His diagnosis was pulmonary fibrosis.
Mark got treatment as soon as possible, aiming to overcome this health problem after conquering cancer.
«We thought he could get on steroid treatment and oxygen and live for years,» Diane explained.
However, after a few weeks, physicians informed the family that the steroid therapy and oxygen could not keep Mark alive and that he only had one week to live.
That’s when the doctor asked Diane a question.
“When are you going to have this baby?” the doctor said to her.
That’s when she decided nearly on the spot that she would deliver the baby early so Mark and his youngest baby girl could spend some time together.
On January 18, just 15 days after Mark went to the hospital with difficulty breathing, doctors induced labor and she had the baby 2 weeks early, in the same hospital room with her dying husband.
They named her Savannah, and Mark was able to hold his baby.
“The day she was born his oxygen levels were really high,” Diane said of her dying husband. “He held her for 45 minutes. Him and I just cried the whole time.”
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