While waiting to board a plane at an airport, Tracy Dover spotted a heartbreaking scene unfolding right before her eyes. A soldier was watching the birth of his daughter over FaceTime while sitting on the floor in the terminal, unable to make the momentous event in person. She shared the image on social media, where it quickly went viral.
The soldier was waiting for the same flight as Dover, which was delayed.
Dover accompanied the photo with a post, saying, “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,” she continued. “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.”
Dover’s post has been shared over 97,000 times and received more than 176,000 reactions.
The post gained additional attention after it was shared by KTVU news anchor Frank Somerville, according to a report by PopSugar.
Haley Fritz Anne Lindsey, Millie’s mother, later shared a video of her husband, Brooks Lindsey, the soldier in the viral image.
In a post on Love What Matters, she explained that her mother-in-law “secretly FaceTimed Brooks and shove the phone in front of her shirt.”
“When I began to push,” Haley continued, “the Doctor asked what she was doing, and she showed my Doctor Brooks’ face on the screen and she realized what was going on.”
As Millie was being born, Haley said she could “hear people in the airport talking and cheering.”
The airline tried to have Brooks board the delayed plane, but “my Doctor was screaming ‘Don’t let him board the flight! She’s here! She’s here!’”
According to Haley, the airport personnel allowed Brooks to remain seated until his daughter was born.
A post in the comments section showed the soldier was able to reunite with his newly expanded family.
The baby girl was named Millie Fritz Anne Lindsey, according to the follow up post. The image was provided to Somerville by the “2d Battalion, 114th Field Artillery Regiment.”