Terminally Ill Father Leaves Intensive Care Unit To See The Birth Of His Baby

Just three weeks before his baby was finally born, Cagney Wenk received some heartbreaking news: He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage 4 Glioblastoma. The growth rate of his cancer was so fast, he wasn’t expected to be able to be well enough to be present for the birth of his child. What is even more mind-boggling is that his only symptom was that he was experiencing headaches for several days.

Wenk underwent a craniotomy, a surgery where a piece of the skull is removed in order to relieve pressure.  He was in recovery from a brain surgery at the ICU at Boulder Community Hospital in Colorado when he was given one of the most beautiful surprises ever.


Wenk’s nurses reached out to an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. It provides remembrance photography to parents who have lost their babies.  Sarah Boccolucci, a photographer with the organization, volunteered her services to the family. She was to document the birth as well.

Hospital staff brought Wenk up to the delivery room when Li went into labor. That’s where the couple had the experience of a lifetime, they welcomed their baby into the world! The photographer’s video showed the whole miracle!

“There is a point during the birth where Cagney tells Jessica that they are surrounded by all the love in the world right now,” Boccolucci told the Huffington Post. “It is my hope that people will see the video, feel the love this family shares and help lift them up and make a donation, if they are able.”

Video: Sarah Boccolucci