Donations pour in for mom who induced labor early for dying husband

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by CRAIG CIVALE / WFAA

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Posted on February 16, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 16 at 3:17 PM

THE COLONY, Texas — Donations are pouring in for a Denton County woman who lost her husband days after giving birth to the couple's daughter.

We first introduced you to Diane Aulger last week. She decided to induce the birth of the baby they named Savannah a few weeks early so her dying husband could see his little girl.

In January, Mark Aulger, 52, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and was given just days to live. He only got to see his newborn daughter for 45 minutes before slipping into a coma and passing away.

The Aulgers' story of love and loss has touched many people in North Texas and around the country. More than 150,000 people have watched their story on WFAA.com, and some have sent donations.

"It does feel nice that there are so many caring people in the world," Diane Augler said after gifts of baby clothes, food and diapers were delivered to their home in The Colony for her daughter.

Perfect strangers have also sent the 31-year-old mother cash donations to help take care of her five children.

A California businessman contacted the family this week and made a significant contribution... enough money, Aulger told News 8, to buy a vehicle big enough to transport her entire family.

"I've received some cards from perfect strangers with $100, $200... it's shocking enough," she said, "but enough money to get myself a minivan. I'm still in shock."

Aulger wanted to thank everyone who has been so kind. She is surprised by the response, and still shocked over losing her husband.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com


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

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