Texas couple induce labor so dying father can meet newborn daughter

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A Texas couple induced the birth of their baby girl so that her father could hold her before he died.

The girl's mother, 31-year-old Diane Aulger, had her labor induced in January after her husband, Mark Aulger, was diagnosed with colon cancer in April, the Associated Press reported.

While Aulger's diagnosis improved after Surgery and chemotherapy, he developed pulmonary fibrosis.

The couple, from The Colony, learned on Jan.16 that the condition, which thickens the lungs, was terminal and that Aulger had only five or six days to live, the AP reported.

As their daughter wasn't due for another two weeks, they decided to have the labor induced.

The girl, named Savannah, was born Jan. 18, with Mark Aulger in the room, according to ABC News.

Diane Aulger said her husband held Savannah for 45 minutes, but that "he cried and he just looked very sad."

"If she cried, he would shake his head and moan," she told ABC News.

The next day, her husband was only able to hold Savannah for a minute before he slipped into a coma. "I put her on him when he was in the coma a few times and his hand would move toward her," Diane Aulger said.

Mark Aulger died five days later at age 52.

The Aulgers have two other children, ages 10 and 7, while Diane Aulger also has a 15-year-old and a 13-year-old.

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