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Love (and money) pours in for the Texas mom who induced labor to let dying husband see his baby girl

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Diane Aulger, left, with newborn Savannah and husband Mark Aulger, who died just days after his daughter's birth.  AP Photo/Courtesy of Diane Aulger
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Diane Aulger with baby Savannah ABC

Early this week, just in time for Valentine's Day, the national media picked up on the touching story of one North Texas family. 

Mark Aulger, a 52-year-old husband and father from The Colony (a Dallas suburb), was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in January following a battle against colon cancer.

His wife, Diane Aulger, 31, was pregnant with the couple's third child together when the terrible news arrived: Mark Aulger had only days left to live.

 She gave birth to Savannah on Jan. 18. Five days later, Mark passed away.  

Diane Aulger induced labor two weeks before her expected due date so that Mark could meet and hold their baby girl, and she gave birth to Savannah on Jan. 18. Five days later, Mark passed away. 

Since hearing the story, caring friends and generous strangers have flooded Diane's home with gifts. Donations of food, clothing, diapers and cash have helped the mother of five (Diane has two other children, 15 and 13 years of age) in the days after losing her husband.

WFAA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth reports that one California businessman, touched by the Aulger's story, contributed enough money for a new minivan for the family.

"It does feel nice that there are so many caring people in the world," Diane Augler told WFAA

Donations to help the Aulger family can be made at any Wells Fargo bank under the Diane Aulger Fund. 

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