Airports are full of excitement as people rush around, preparing to go on holiday or visit relatives. But one man was even more excited than everyone else as he sat with his phone in his hand for as long as possible. Why? Because his wife was in labor and he was Facetiming the whole thing.
Army Specialist Brooks Lindsey had four days of leave, especially to be with his wife during her troubling labor. But as he waited for his flight to Dallas airport, she suddenly went into the full throes of labor and he was going to miss it. Thankfully, his mother Facetimed him into the delivery room so that he wouldn’t miss the special moment.
Our military makes huge sacrifices for us, including missing out on their families growing up. Originally, Brooks wasn’t able to travel home for the birth of his child as it has to be a medical emergency in order for the Red Cross to allow him home. His wife, Haley, had a seemingly perfect pregnancy until she was diagnosed with high blood pressure.
The baby was stressed due to Haley’s pre-eclampsia so she had to be induced. After making a call to the Red Cross, begging for them to let her husband come home in time for the birth, they allowed him 4 days of leave. He would fly from El Paso, Texas, to Dallas, then to Jackson, Mississippi.
Soldier watches his wife give birth through FaceTime
However, Brooks’ flights wouldn’t get him home in time to hold his wife’s hand during labor, as on the morning of his flight, Haley’s water broke. Fate gave them a second chance though when Brooks’ flight to Jackson became delayed. He could now watch his wife give birth through his phone.
Brooks sat himself down in the airport and encouraged his wife through her labor, as onlookers cheered him on. But just as his baby started to crown, he had to board his flight.
“All I remember was my Doctor screaming ‘Don’t let him board the flight! She’s here! She’s here!’”
The airport staff were so invested in his plight, that they let him sit there until the labor was over and his newborn baby was welcomed into the world. Haley gave birth to a healthy baby girl, called Millie, and onlookers in the airport cheered in celebration, as Brooks glowed with pride.
Since Brooks’ special moment was shared on social media, fellow passenger’s posts have been shared over 115,000 times. The happy new parents have had a huge outpouring of support from family and strangers alike.
I have the sweetest messages and I also have other military wives and mothers messaging me about how I got in touch with Red Cross and got him home and any tips. 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! – Haley
Brooks eventually made it home and was able to meet his daughter and cuddle her for the remaining four days until he had to return to service. Most military personnel aren’t lucky enough to witness their children be born while they are away serving. Thankfully, Brooks Lindsey was able to witness it, even if it was through the small screen of his phone.