There was no greater feeling for me than seeing my husband holding our daughter in his arms for the first time. It was the start of a beautiful bond and relationship that would last a lifetime. I cannot wait to see the look in his eyes when he holds our second daughter in his arms for the first time in just a few short weeks.
Over the weekend I came across a story that brought me to tears and I couldn’t help but think of the bond a father holds with his child.
After receving the news late December that he had beaten cancer, Mark Aulger, had the birth of his fifth child to look forward to in the coming month. But early January, Mark was rushed to the hospital only to find out that the chemotherapy he had received for his cancer had led to pulmonary fibrosis in his lungs. After a few weeks of treatments that did not seem to help, Mark and his wife Diane Aulger were told that he only had one week left to live.
As if being just two weeks away from your due date isn’t stressful enough, I can’t imagine hearing the news that the father of my children only has moments left in his life.
On January 18, just two days after receiving the devastating news, Mark told his wife that he’d like to see the baby. After discussing it with her doctor, Diane was induced two weeks early so her dying husband could hold their baby in his arms.
Diane delivered their baby girl, Savannah, in a large hospital room while Mark laid in his hospital bed close to her. Shortly after her birth Mark held his daughter for 45 minutes. Unfortunately, the first time he held his daughter in his arms, would sadly be one of his last. Mark fell into a coma on January 21st and died two days later with his wife and new daughter by his side.
Although she now has to go on without her husband, Diane and her children are trying to do all they can to remember their father. “The kids go on as if dad is really still here,” Diane Aulger told ABC News. “Mark was a very funny guy. My kids still tell jokes how they would when he was around. He would have been a wonderful daddy to Savannah.”
Diane and her husband, Mark, sound like incredibly strong people with a true love for their family. My thoughts and prayers go out to Diane and her family.