This solider watching the birth of his child on FaceTime is tear-inducing
Excuse us, we have something in our eye.
The birth of a baby is an incredible moment but for one new dad it was something he had to experience through his phone.
Solider Brooks Lindsey was at the Fort Bliss army base in El Paso when his heavily pregnant wife Haley was told she would have to be induced immediately, two weeks earlier than expected.
"I called Brooks frantic and he was so excited!," Haley told Love What Matters.
He was given permission to head home to her in Mississippi to be at the birth but couldn't get a flight until the next morning.
Unsure about whether he'd make it in time, Brooks travelled anyway. By the time he arrived for his layover at the airport in Dallas, Haley was five centimetres dilated.
By a stroke of luck, his flight from Dallas back to Mississippi was delayed and he was able to watch Haley gave birth over FaceTime. His mum was in the delivery room with her and began filming to let her son in on the moment.
"Without that delay Brooks would have been in the air and unable to FaceTime!," said Haley.
"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!"
A video of Brooks sitting on the floor of the airport watching his child, a little girl they named Millie, come into the world has gone viral on Facebook in the days since.
A fellow passenger also shared what happened to Brooks on her Facebook page.
Tracy Dover said she and the rest of the passengers began cheering when his daughter was finally born.
"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."
He made it home later that evening.
"When he walked in at 7.20 it was just Millie and me," said Haley.
"He picked her up and held her for five minutes and kept saying 'wow I can’t believe we just had a baby'."