Baby boy's birth filled with joy and sadness

Baby Charles Austin was born four days after his dad's tragic death.
Baby Charles Austin was born four days after his dad's tragic death. Photo: Naturally Creative Photography

It was a moment filled with joy but tinged with sadness. Grieving wife Janette Desi gave birth to her son just four days after the death of her husband Austin.

The arrival of baby Charles Austin was captured in a serious of emotional photographs that showed how the heartbroken mum did her best to keep her husband's memory near.

Janette wore her husband's wedding ring on a chain around her neck when she gave birth to the healthy 3.7kg boy on May 19.  

Janette and Austin with Evelyn.
Janette and Austin with Evelyn.  Photo: Supplied

"He's perfect," Janette wrote on Facebook following the birth of Charles, who is a little brother for three-year-old Evelyn.

"Thank you, my amazing friends. I have been at a loss for words, and widely comforted by yours. Our baby has joined us and it shocked me how hard it was to not have (my husband) there."

Austin was killed in a paragliding accident at the privately owned Archer Falls airstrip, about 13 kilometres west of Woodford, Queensland, at about 10am on May 15. He suffered severe head injuries and died at the scene after falling from his glider to the ground. 

In the days following the death of her husband, Janette spoke about the difficulty she was having trying to explain to Evelyn that her dad was not coming home.

"We said to Evelyn 'Daddy's got a new job. He puts all the clouds in the sky and sometimes they're smooth and sometimes they're bubbles'," she told Daily Mail Australia.


"And she got really excited about the bubbles. Evelyn replied, 'Well Mum, you will be happy when he comes back down'.

"And I said he's not coming back down and that's why everyone's so sad. Daddy's out flying. And he's not coming home."

Janette paid tribute to her husband as a "beautiful, loving, dedicated and extremely adoring father and husband".

"Everyone loved Austin. He had so much energy, spirit and so much love," she wrote on Facebook.

Friends and family have set up a fundraising page to help Janette as she faces parenthood without her husband by her side. A fundraising page, set up by a close friend, has raised more than $26,000.

A memorial ceremony for Austin is being planned for this Friday.