Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Valentine's Day Love Story

DALLAS (AP) – Diane Aulger was about two weeks from her delivery date when she and her husband decided there was no time to wait: Mark Aulger had only days to live, and he wanted to see his child.

Diane Aulger had her labor induced and gave birth to their daughter Jan. 18. When tiny Savannah was placed in his arms, Mark Aulger "cried, and he just looked very sad," his wife said. He died five days later from complications related to his cancer treatment.

Aulger was already experiencing "pre-labor" symptoms, so the induced labor wasn't pushing the time up much. The staff wheeled Mark in, and their beds were side by side while his daughter was born. He held her for about 45 minutes, and he got to see her face. Though she won't have any memories to keep with her, he died knowing her, and her older siblings will help her know him through stories and pictures.

That's what love is. Now go hug somebody.

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