Dying Soldier Holds His Newborn Daughter Just Seven Days Before Passing Away

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 18, 2013   |   5:10PM   |   London, England

The pro-abortion group NARAL is sponsoring a Tweetfest with the hasthag #MenforChoice on Twitter today to celebrate men who favor abortion. The day is ironic when you consider stories like this one — a dying soldier who did everything possible to hold his newborn daughter before he died.

Gary Coleman, from England, was “thrilled” to become a father but he was diagnosed with cancer in February 2011, which spread to his brain. Wanting to have a chance to hold his newborn baby girl before he succumbed to the deadly disease, Coleman’s wife Joanne asked to be induced so her husband could have a few moments with her beforehand.

Seven days after baby Amba was born, Coleman died. The London Daily Mail newspaper has more on this tender story:

This is the poignant moment dying soldier Gary Coleman, 34, cradled his newborn baby girl – but just seven days later he passed away.

Mr Coleman, a Lance Corporal with the Royal Engineers, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 which slowly spread to his brain.

But with just days to live his wife Joanne, a nurse, told how doctors brought on baby Amba’s birth early – so her husband could hold his miracle daughter in his arms.

The couple had previously been told that due to intense chemotherapy, Mr Coleman, who was diagnosed with cancer of the food gullet in February 2011, would be infertile.

Mr Coleman, knowing he was dying, went out and bought birthday cards for Amba for her first, 13th, 16th and 18th birthdays.

The brave soldier, who had served with the army in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan, also chose clothes for his little girl.



Cradling baby Amba, now five months, Mrs Coleman, 34, said: ‘Gary was so happy to be a dad and she is so much like him.

‘She was the child he thought he’d never have and his dying wish was to hold his baby in his arms.

‘Seeing him hold Amba for the first time was such an emotional moment. Knowing he died a dad – but gave me little Amba – has given me the strength to carry on after his death.’