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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Veteran died 7 days after daughter was born

'It was his dying wish to hold his baby in his arms'
The heartbreaking moment a dying soldier cradled his newborn daughter just seven days before he passed away
Soldier Gary Coleman, from Hampshire, was 'thrilled' to become a dad
He was diagnosed with cancer in February 2011, which spread to his brain
Wife Joanne asked to be induced so her husband could spend precious moments with his newborn daughter
Tragically, seven days after baby Amba's birth, the doting father died
By ALISON SMITH SQUIRE
PUBLISHED: 14 September 2013

Heartbreaking: This is the first time dying soldier Gary Coleman held his baby daughter. Seven days after this photo was taken, he passed away


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.
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