Four years ago as 52-year-old Mark Augler was laying on his deathbed, he cradled his newborn girl in loving arms. Just days later, Mark would pass away from pulmonary fibrosis… the chemo that initially freed him from cancer 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,” his wife Diane told KCTV 5.
Mark and Diane were expecting a child very soon, and so they made plans to induce an early labor if Mark’s condition worsened. In February Mark was given just days to live, so the couple decided to welcome little Savanah Augler into the world a little earlier than planned.
He held her for 45 minutes after she was born,” Diane said.
He showed further signs of fall and fell into a coma, only days after Mark got the opportunity to hold his baby girl.
It’s been four years since Mark passed away, but happy lives live in honor of their late father.
The kids go on as if dad is really here,” she said. “My children tell jokes when he was around how they would. He’d have already been a wonderful daddy to Savanah.”