There are times when we have to take difficult decisions to deal with tough circumstances. And life isn’t fair. When Diane Augler’s husband Mark fell severely ill, she was afraid she would have to bring her baby girl into the world by herself.
Mark was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a life threatening disease that scars the lungs, making it very difficult to breathe. Mark’s conditioned worsened with each passing month of her pregnancy and she didn’t know if he could live long enough to see the birth of his daughter.
That’s when Diane decided to take a tough decision. She wanted him to see their daughter before he passed away, even if that meant inducing labor to have her before time. This unconventional request usually frowned upon by the doctors who believe that a child should be carried full term for a healthy development, was accepted when they got to know Mark’s situation.
Luck was with them in this situation and Mark was awake and by Diane’s side throughout labor and delivery. He lay in another bed next to Diane, wide and awake, with an oxygen mask to help him with his breathing. He saw their daughter Savannah being born.
Diane recalls how much pain there was in his eyes when he held his daughter for the first time. He tried to talk to the baby despite his condition. It was an extremely emotional moment for him, especially a bittersweet one. There he was holding his child for the first time, knowing full well that his time with Savannah was limited. He tried to hold on to this precious moment with his wife and daughter, teary eyed.
This beautiful moment did not last long. Soon after, Mark went into coma and when Diane saw his stats on the monitor, she knew it was time. She said, “So I put her [Savannah] in his arms, and I held his hand until he stopped breathing.”
Mark fought to stay alive to see his daughter just as Diane had to take a tough decision to bring Savannah to the world early. Having him by her side during such an important moment of her life is something she will cherish forever.
Diane is eternally grateful that Mark got to see Savannah before he passed away. You can see the love they felt for each other in the clip. Diane’s strength in handling this situation is amazing.Share on Facebook
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