Wife Induces Labor Granting Husband’s Dying Wish to Meet His Daughter — He Passes Away With Baby in His Arms

Diane was facing her worst nightmare. While the 31-year-old expectant mom should have felt relieved that her husband Mark had survived his surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his colon, she was crushed to learn that his lungs were irrevocably damaged after chemotherapy. The 52-year-old husband and father were diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, and doctors said that his condition was irreversible and fatal. Mark only had five or six days at most left to live. The couple was expecting to welcome their fifth child, and Diane’s due date was still two weeks away. Originally, they had planned for her to undergo natural childbirth.

However, when her husband turned to her and said, “I’d like to see the baby,” Diane knew what she had to do. Instead of waiting two weeks, she chose to induce birth so that she could ensure that her dying husband would have his first and final chance to hold their newborn daughter before he died. On January 18, 2012, Diane’s doctors induced labor, and she gave birth to a lovely baby girl in a hospital bed that was right next to her husband’s. Following her birth, baby Savannah was gently placed in her dad’s arms, and he would hold her for another 45 minutes until his strength started to fail him.

Mark cried as he sadly looked down at his beautiful daughter. Mark would thin slip into a coma three days later and died not long after.

Diana recalls putting Savannah on her husband’s chest and how his hand would move toward her even as he was in the coma.

It was proof that a father’s love truly knows no bounds.