Soldiers sacrifice their personal lives so much to defend their country. They miss important events like Christmas, Easter, birthdays and even weddings. The man we are going to talk about today was at the airport when his baby came into the world. But as the military didn’t want to miss this special moment, he saw the daughter’s birth on his cell phone via FaceTime. The passengers of the airport were moved, and many captured images and videos of the man sitting on the ground watching the girl come into the world.
Soldier away from pregnant woman
Brooks’ wife, Haley Lindsey, spent most of the pregnancy alone. For the past month, she expected him to be sent home, but that was not the case. It was very difficult for a soldier to be allowed to attend the wives’ birth. This would only be allowed if the pregnant woman were in danger. “We were pretty upset about that because I was not having any issues with pregnancy other than a little high blood pressure.” Haley said.
But the situation was about to change. The woman received a phone call from the doctor saying that her pressure was too high, and that she had pre-eclampsia. This meant that the baby was at risk, so they were going to induce labor as quickly as possible. The first thing Haley did was notify Brooks, who booked a flight immediately. Unfortunately, the only flight available was at 10 am of the following day, and he was not going to be able to attend the birth.
The soldier’s trip was delayed, but it was the best thing that could have happened. By the time the flight was scheduled, the woman began to give birth. If there hadn’t been a delay, the man couldn’t see the delivery via FaceTime! “My mother in law secretly FaceTimed Brooks and shoved the phone in the front of her shirt. When I began to push, the Doctor asked what she was doing, and she showed my Doctor Brooks’ face on the screen and she realized what was going on,” said the wife.
Birth via FaceTime
Instead of being upset, the doctor told her to take the cell phone off her blouse and show the soldier the delivery. “Brooks was telling me it was going to be okay,” Haley said. But the soldier’s situation didn’t remain indifferent to the passengers around him. With every push the woman made, she was being applauded… “I could hear people in the airport talking and cheering! Brooks then went on to say that they were making him board and needed to get off as soon as she finally started to crown and all I remember was my Doctor screaming ‘Don’t let him board the flight! She’s here! She’s here!’ So, the airport personnel let him sit there and watch till it was over!”
Here is the military seeing the birth on his cellphone.
“Once it was over he turned off his phone, got on his plane and landed in Jackson airport at 7 pm and Millie was born at 5:23 pm (7pounds 6 ounces 21 inches long 2 weeks early) when Brooks got to the hospital I asked all 17 people to leave the room.” Before going, he made some pictures of his reaction to the woman’s birth. Here is one of them…
Soldier meets daughter
When Brooks saw his daughter for the first time, he could not contain his emotions. “He picked her up and held her for five minutes and kept saying ‘wow I can’t believe we just had a baby’ but the entire time I was already dreading him leaving 4 days later,” said the young mother.
Talking to his wife, Brooks could not help but speak of the affection he received at the airport. “He told me about the people on his flight cheering and watching…”
“We had random people bringing gifts to our rooms and nurses coming in and thanking Brooks for his service! It has been an amazing, emotional time full of so much support.”
We were happy that the father was able to watch the birth, even far away, thanks to the wonderful staff at the airport. If there was more empathy in the world as there was with this soldier, no doubt this would be a better place. Share if you agree!
Source: Love What Matters