Soldier Watches Birth of Baby Girl in Airport: 'Don't Let Him Board the Flight!'


Airports are full of people bustling to and from different locations, all from different walks of life. Some people are headed home to visit family and others are departing for a grand adventure.

But travelers in Dallas witnessed something truly beautiful in the airport, and the story that has come from it reminds us to be thankful for the sacrifices our military and their families make.

Army Specialist Brooks Lindsey was rushing home to his pregnant wife so that he could be with her through the birth of their daughter.

Haley Lindsey had been experiencing high blood pressure, and the baby was stressed due to Haley’s pre-eclampsia. She made a call to the Red Cross to try to get her husband home in time for the birth, and they arranged a flight for him from El Paso, Texas, to Dallas, and then on to Jackson, Mississippi.

Her water broke the morning of Brooks’ flight, and by the time he landed in Dallas, she was five centimeters dilated. Luckily for the couple, the flight to Jackson had been delayed, so Brooks’ mother FaceTimed him in.

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“When my mom FaceTimed me and said ‘she’s pushing, it’s coming,’ I went off to the side to watch it by myself,” Brooks told MS News Now.

Sitting on the floor of the airport, he encouraged his wife through her pushes, but just as his daughter was starting to crown, Brooks was going to have to board his flight.

“All I remember was my Doctor screaming ‘Don’t let him board the flight! She’s here! She’s here!'” Haley wrote on Love What Matters.

“So, the airport personnel let him sit there and watch till it was over.”

People on his flight had been watching and cheered for the young soldier after his daughter was born. The photos posted by his fellow passengers have since gone viral with over 115,000 shares on Facebook.

“I have the sweetest messages and I also have other military wives and mothers messaging me about how I got in touch with Red Cross and got him home and any tips,” Haley wrote. “We had random people bringing gifts to our rooms and nurses coming in and thanking Brooks for his service! It has been an amazing, emotional time full of so much support!”

After Brooks got to the hospital, he held his baby daughter, Millie, and kept repeating, “wow I can’t believe we just had a baby” and told his wife about the amazing people in the airport who made sure that he didn’t miss out on the birth.

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“But there’s a lot of people who don’t get to come home or don’t get to see their kid born on FaceTime or Skype, or anything like that,” Brooks said. “And by the time they get home, their kid is like 9 months old. So, just keep those people in your prayers. It’s awesome to have a kid, but there’s a bunch of people who don’t get to see it first hand.”

Haley added, “I guess that you don’t realize at the moment how important things are.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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