- Because he was still waiting for his COVID-19 test result, a first-time father witnessed the delivery of his child via video call
- Two hours after, his results came back and he found out that he was negative
- The family is now home and spending quality time together
A father in New York who was waiting for his COVID-19 test result witnessed his first child’s birth via FaceTime, a video calling app.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Jack Hedges shared that he started developing fever on March 27 and was bedridden for three days.
“It was the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. My fever peaked at 103.5 [degrees]. Obviously with my wife being pregnant, I wanted to get tested as quickly as possible.”
He was scheduled for the test on April 4. When he came home, his wife Valeri Hedges, whose due date was May 5, said her water broke. “Here we are a month early, I’m still sick and I can’t go to the hospital with her,” he said.
Because of this, she had to drive herself to the hospital, which is about a mile away from where they live. Valeri told Jack that she will be induced the following day and that he can witness the delivery via FaceTime.
“I could see a little bit of my wife and doctors moving around and they kept telling her, ‘Push! Push!’ I was also encouraging her,” Jack also told Good Morning America. He described it as a “joyous, but surreal experience.”
Two hours after this, he got his result which was a negative.
“I felt disappointed that I couldn’t be there to support my wife. I didn’t feel sad for my own sake that I couldn’t be in the room. I felt bad she had to go through this experience by herself, and of course with the help of the doctors and nurses,” he said.
The family is now home and spending quality time together.