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Woman gives birth early for dying husband

Mark Aulger learned he beat cancer shortly before Christmas, but he didn’t know that eight months of Chemotherapy had destroyed his lungs. (Source: CNN/WFAA) Mark Aulger learned he beat cancer shortly before Christmas, but he didn’t know that eight months of Chemotherapy had destroyed his lungs. (Source: CNN/WFAA)

THE COLONY (CNN/WFAA) - A North Texas mother gave birth to her baby weeks early just so her terminally ill husband could hold her before he died.

Mark Aulger learned he beat cancer shortly before Christmas, but he didn't know that eight months of Chemotherapy had destroyed his lungs.

"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," said his wife, Diane Aulger.

In January, Augler was given just days to live after a diagnosis of Pulmonary Fibrosis. His pregnant wife decided to be induced two weeks early so he could meet their baby girl, Savanah.

"He got to be the first one to hold her, he held her for 45 minutes after she was born," said his wife.

Over the next few days, Aulger fell into a coma and as his wife laid in a hospital bed recovering herself, she had to break the news to her four other children that their father was dying.

The children cried and prayed for their father, who died holding his newborn.

"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."

The couple's story touched so many, even the workers at a company the family had been working with before Aulger became sick, and volunteered their time to replace the couple's roof.

"He had dreams and aspirations to get his home in that condition, and we wanted to help bring that through even though he's not here," said roofer Jay Coleman.

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