November 11, 2021
A soldier and father watched his child's birth through FaceTime while his flight was delayed. Everyone at the airport cheered for him and his wife.
Being a soldier is a fulfilling yet challenging job. It requires hard work and sacrifices, the hardest one being time away from home and family.
Sadly, it is a reality for military parents to miss milestones in their children's lives. Luckily, technology helps in being virtually present during certain events.
A father and military member, Brooks, was fortunate enough to witness the birth of his child over a video call in 2018. Being in the army, Brooks did not have the liberty to go home for childbirth unless the situation called for it.
He and his wife hoped there would be some sort of distress as her due date came so that he would be sent home. However, the only issue she had was a little high blood pressure.
At one point, her blood pressure shot up, and hours later, her doctor informed her that she was preeclamptic and that the baby was stressed.
As a result, Brooks was allowed to fly home from El Paso to Dallas. Unfortunately, his flight schedule would not permit him to be with his wife during labor.
It turned out that the airport personnel let Brooks sit there and watch his daughter's birth.
Brooks was set to be on air while his wife was in labor, but fortunately, the flight was delayed. "Without that delay, Brooks would have been in the air and unable to FaceTime," the wife said.
While about to give birth, Brooks' mother, who was in the room with his wife, set up FaceTime so that he could witness the whole thing. The wife recalled:
"Brooks was telling me it was okay, and I was doing so good, and I heard him wincing and saying 'wow!' through my pushes. I could hear people in the airport talking and cheering!"
Right when the child was starting to crown, Brooks had to board the plane. The last thing his wife remembered was the doctor yelling, "Don't let him board the flight! She's here!"
It turned out that the airport personnel let Brooks sit there and watch his daughter's birth. It was undoubtedly a heartwarming moment that other passengers witnessed.
Among them was a woman, Tracy Dover, who took to Facebook to share what happened. "He was crying, and our hearts were breaking," she said. "When we heard the baby cry, we all rejoiced for him."
A similar story happened to Kansas Army Guard member Staff Sgt. Skyler Cooper, who missed his wife's pregnancy and birth while deployed elsewhere.
Shortly after the birth of their twins, Cooper surprised his wife in the hospital in what appeared to be a heartwarming reunion. It was certainly the best surprise for his wife.
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