A soldier recently went viral after someone shared how he watched his daughter’s birth via FaceTime because his flight was delayed and he was stuck at the airport while his wife was already at the hospital.
Later identified as Brooks Lindsey from Brandon, Mississippi, the soldier rose to fame on the internet when his photo was shared on Facebook by Tracy Dover, a fellow passenger who was also waiting for their delayed flight.
“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,” Tracy wrote on Facebook, sharing a photo of the obviously anxious dad-to-be.
The post quickly went viral, gaining nearly 125k shares and close to 230k likes within just a week after it was posted by Tracy. Many people congratulated the then-unknown soldier and thanked him for his service to the country.
Haley Fritz Anne Lindsey, Brooks’ wife, shared a video of him at the airport.
Just like Tracy and those other passengers at the airport who cheered on the new dad when they heard the baby cry, thousands of social media users also offered support. Everyone knows how exciting and emotional it is to have a new baby; they just felt happy that this dad got to witness his daughter’s birth, even if it was only through FaceTime.
Baby Millie was born at 5:23 PM. Her dad arrived at the hospital at 7:20 PM – and got to finally hold her in his arms! Yehey!
While Haley was a bit sad that Brooks needs to fly back to his assignment 4 days later, she was glad that he was able to witness Millie’s birth on FaceTime and meet the new baby just a couple of hours after she was born.
Congratulations to you both!