It’s heavy and heartbreaking when one gets the memo of being diagnosed with cancer. It’s a great battle for one person to fight. According to Wiley Online Library, 1,688,780 new cancer cases and 600,920 cancer deaths are projected to occur in the United States in 2017.
Mark Augler, 52, is one just one of those who was diagnosed with colon cancer. Despite the successful removal of his tumor, Mark still needed to undergo chemotherapy as prescribed by his doctors. On January 16th, Mark receives another bad news. The treatment caused him to acquire pulmonary fibrosis. This is a severe condition that causes fatal scarring of the lung tissue.
This news gives Mark just a short week to survive.
His wife, Diane Augler, was devastated and brokenhearted by her husband’s terminal condition. What’s more heart-breaking is that Diane was pregnant with their fifth child and expected date of delivery was on January 29th.
This simply meant that Mark would not be able to meet his child. Diane however decided to induce labor when she heard her dying husband say, “I’d like to see the baby,”.
January 18th was a date to remember. With the help from all the doctors and hospital staff, Diane was set to deliver their child.
A large delivery room was reserved for Diane and Mark. Their hospital beds were pushed next to each other and with Mark lying at her side, Diane gave birth to Savannah.
After the newborn was cleaned up, she spent 45 minutes at her father’s side. A priceless moment for the whole family as seen on the video below.
The days had passed and Mark grew weaker. He went into a coma on January 21st.
Diane shares few moments with Mark and their child, “If she cried, he would shake his head and moan. I put her on him when he was in the coma a few times and his hand would move toward her.”
Mark finally rested as his vital signs slowly dropped. Diane placed Savannah in Mark’s arms and held his hand. Mark was able to hold his child even in his final breath.
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