Passengers, Airline Staff Applaud Military Dad Watching Daughters Birth Live On FaceTime

Photo credit Haley Lindsey

By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

FaceTime was this couple’s saving grace when a military dad couldn’t make it home for his daughter’s birth.

As Brooks Lindsey, who is in El Paso, Texas awaiting deployment overseas to Kuwait tried to jump on a plane home to Mississippi his wife, Haley, had induced labor due to high blood pressure. So the soon-to-be dad had to watch the birth on video chat at the very moment his flight home was boarding.

In a blog post on Love What Matters, Haley explained how her mother-in-law secretly FaceTimed Brooks "and shoved the phone in the front of her shirt." When Haley began to push, the doctor, who was not her regular physician and was unaware of their situation, asked what she was doing. "She showed my Doctor Brooks’ face on the screen and she realized what was going on."

Luckily, Brooks' flight was delayed -- without that delay, Brooks would have been in the air and unable to FaceTime!

Flight crews even let Brooks board the plane late so he could witness the special moment, and once his daughter Millie was born the airport erupted into applause.

Thank goodness for technology!

After the delivery, Brooks turned off his phone, got on his plane and landed in Mississippi at 7 pm. Brooks and Haley's daughter Millie was born at 5:23 pm at 7 pounds, 6 ounces, 21 inches long, and two weeks early.