Father With Brain Tumor Moved From ICU To See Birth Of His Son

A Boulder, Colorado man, that found three weeks before the birth of his son that he had stage 4 brain cancer, was moved from the ICU to witness the birth of his first son.

Cagney Wenk, 26, was diagnosed with glioblastoma just three weeks before the expected birth of his first child, resulting in an emergency brain surgery that doctors hoped might save, or at least prolong, his life. As he recovered from the surgery in the ICU, his partner Jessica Li went into labor. Rather than allow the birth to occur without Cagney present, doctors and nurses allowed him to be transferred out of ICU and into the birthing room so he could witness the birth of his son, according to Metro.

Moving Cagney to the birthing room was no easy task, as all of his monitors and other life-saving equipment had to be transferred along with him. However, rather than simply allow him to miss the joyous day, the doctors were adamant that the positive experience might help in his healing.

His son, Levon Robbie, was born just after 2 a.m. on September 18.

Cagney was able to cut his son’s umbilical cord as he welcomed the newborn into the world. Nearly speechless, Cagney said the only words that would come from his mouth.

“Oh my God. Oh my God!”

Aside from brain surgery, Cagney is also undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments, according to the Huffington post.

Since it was unknown whether Cagney would be allowed to witness the birth of his son, the nurses worked together to bring in a photographer to document the momentous occasion. Sara Boccolucci, of Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, anxiously agreed to attend the birth.

Cagney’s sister explained that the video of the birth was originally meant for the family, but Cagney’s presence made it so much more special.

“The video was really for the family to have it as a memory of a magical moment,” Wenk’s sister told The Huffington Post. “I think the video shows it all with their reactions. There were so many tears, emotions and so much love.”

During the video recording, Cagney was asked about how the birth of his son might have changed his life. He responded that the experience was a life lesson.

“He got me a job. He taught me to relax. He’s taught me a lot of life lessons that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise.”


The touching video shows the tragic condition and journey that Cagney has before him. It also presents hope to his family and the determination to move forward and eventually reach the point where they can live a normal and happy life without worry of sickness or disease.

Cagney still has a long journey ahead of him, but the light of hope that Levon provided him sets the pace for his adventure.

Cagney’s sister chose to share the video to provide hope to those that might be in tough situations, hoping it will guide them to a path of healing.

“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.”

Cagney is optimistic about his future and feels blessed to have had the opportunity to witness the birth of his son.

“We have all the love in the world around us right now.”

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