Deployed soldier watches daughter’s birth on iPad, then gets surprise from his commander

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AMES, Iowa – A National Guard Sergeant recently shared a precious moment with his family through the gift of modern technology. Then, he got a chance to surprise them in person.

Sergeant Vorrath used Facetime to watch his wife give birth to their daughter in Ames, Iowa. (Courtesy: Mary Greeley Medical Center)

Sergeant Vorrath used Facetime to watch his wife give birth to their daughter in Ames, Iowa. (Courtesy: Mary Greeley Medical Center)

Sgt. John Vorrath was deployed with his unit in the Middle East. He watched the birth of his second child, Charlotte, on his iPad. He was there in the delivery room via Facetime as his wife Janae brought her into the world.

As he watched, his commander slipped him a secret note saying his request for leave had been granted.

Vorrath’s wife didn’t know about this, though. Sgt. Vorrath secretly hopped on a plane and 22 hours later, he surprised his family at the hospital in Ames, Iowa.

The emotional video was posted to YouTube.

Another great part of this — the couple’s 2-year-old son also got to see his dad for the first time in several months.

Sgt. Vorrath will be back home on leave for another week before returning to active duty overseas.

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