Earlier this week, a soldier was on his way home to see the birth of his child. But because of a flight delay, he would not be able to make it on time. So instead, Brooks Lindsey had to watch his child enter the world using an app on his phone. It was a moment that was shared by the people that were in the airport with him. The entire story was told in social media.
“This Army soldier was on my delayed flight home yesterday to MS,” Tracy Dover wrote on Facebook. “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 every day and the sacrifices they make.” It also turns out the flight delay was a blessing in disguise.
“He called me as soon as that flight landed in Dallas at 2:38 central time and I was 5 centimeters dilated,” Brooks’ wife Haley said, “He was scheduled to take off at 3:55 but LUCKILY his flight was delayed to 5:45. Without that delay Brooks would have been in the air and unable to FaceTime!”
“My doctor told her to pull the phone out and show him what was going on,” Haley explained, “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! 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!”
Brooks’ baby girl Millie Fritz Anne Lindsey was born at 5:23 pm and her father landed at around 7 p.m.