- Diane and Mark always looked forward to the day their fifth child would be born
- The mother of five had to give birth two weeks early because her husband only had one week to live
- Her husband held their baby girl for 45 minutes and slipped into a coma the next day
The day a child is born, every family is meant to be filled with cheer and celebration.
Diane’s family had mixed emotions and the day was filled with sadness and some joy when her baby Savannah was born.
The mother of five had to deliver her daughter sooner than expected to give her husband Mark a chance to see the little one, ABC News reported.
Mark was hooked to machines and lying on a hospital bed the day Savannah came into their lives.
Diane got induced two weeks before her due date when she learnt her sick husband did not have a lot of time left on earth.
Mark was suffering from cancer before the birth of his baby but found out he was in remission.
However, months prior to Diane’s due date, doctors revealed his lungs were failing as a result of the strong doses of chemotherapy he received.
The father of five was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.
Mark’s family hoped medication would provide a cure and lead to him having many more years with his family.
But as fate would have it, he was living on borrowed time and his wife wanted him to hold their last child before he died.
After Savannah’s birth, the proud dad cradled her for 45 long minutes and stared at her with so much joy and heartbreak.
The 52-year-old had less than a week to live and did not want any moment to pass by.
A day after staring into the eyes of his princess, Mark slipped into a coma and died five days later.
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