Gabrielle Redcay | Aug 31, 2016 | 0
Dying Dad Won’t Live to See Newborn Baby. Then Mom ‘Speeds’ Up Pregnancy
Quite a few years ago, 52-year-old Mark Augler was diagnosed with a horrible form of lung cancer. He was immediately admitted to the hospital to received treatment, but tragically that treatment ended up causing pulmonary fibrosis. The chemotherapy that Mark underwent didn’t only destroy the cancerous cells but deteriorated his good and healthy cells as well.
“It was basically like his lungs were soaked in concrete. They couldn’t inhale; they couldn’t pass oxygen through the body. He was, in essence, suffocating to death,” Diana told to KCTV 5 News.
The only thing that could really save him from his lung cancer was at the same time slowly killing him by destroying his vital organs.
His wife Diana was expecting a child and was quickly approaching her due date. It was pretty clear to everyone that her husband wouldn’t make it to his daughters due date, and would pass before she entered the world. She spoke with the doctors and they came to the conclusion that they should speed up labor in case his condition worsens.
The absolute heartbreaking diagnosis came about in February when Mark was told he only had a few more days to live. so the couple quickly made the decision to speed up the delivery and before they knew it their little Savanah Augler was born.
“He got to be the first one to hold her. He held her for 45 minutes after she was born,” Diane said.
Diana captures the amazing moment on camera and Mark was beyond happy that he got to spend a little bit of time with his daughter and was the first to welcome her into this world.Mark’s condition took a turn for the worse. He slipped into a coma and after 48 hours of being comatose, Diane saw that his vitals were declining.
Mark’s condition took a turn for the worse a couple days after his daughter was born. He slipped into a coma and after 48 hours of being comatose, Diane saw that his vitals were declining.
She put Savanah in his arms and held one of his hands.
“His heart rate started to drop, his breathing started to drop, I put her in his arms and I held his hand until he died.”
Mark is heavily missed by his wife and his children, but they live happily in honor of their father as that’s what he would’ve wanted.
“The kids go on as if dad is really still here,” she said. “My kids still tell jokes how they would when he was around. He would have been a wonderful daddy to Savanah.”
Such a sad, yet heartwarming story and we wish the Augler family all the peace in the world! Keep staying strong!