A United States soldier, away from his family to put his life on the line for our freedom, found himself stranded at an airport on the night his wife gave birth to their daughter. Thanks to technology, though, Brooks Lindsey was able to contact his wife in Texas and watch her give birth via FaceTime, and the moving video capturing his reaction to the birth has unsurprisingly gone viral.
Tracy Dover, like Mr. Lindsey, was in the airport due to a delayed flight. She captured a photo of the soldier witnessing the birth via FaceTime and posted it to her Facebook. "This Army soldier was on my delayed flight home yesterday to MS. He had to watch the birth of his daughter on FaceTime. He was crying and our hearts were breaking. We all gave him space. When we heard the baby cry, we all rejoiced for him. I wanted to share this because I never want us to forget about our soldiers who serve us everyday and the sacrifices they make," she wrote.
The photo went viral, with tens of thousands of Americans "liking" and sharing the post, mostly noting the young father's sacrifice for our country.
Mr. Lindsey's wife, Haley, posted a video of her husband watching the birth of their daughter Millie. "Here's the video of Brooks Lindsey watching Millie come into the world," she wrote.
Haley also wrote of the experience on a site called "Love What Matters." It was Mr. Lindsey's mother who FaceTimed her son during the delivery, says the young mother. "When I began to push, the Doctor asked what [Brooks' mother] was doing, and she showed my Doctor Brooks' face on the screen and she realized what was going on," she wrote.
"Brooks was telling me it was okay, and I was doing so good and I heard him wincing and saying 'wow!' through my pushes," added Haley. "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!"
Read her full post, here.