A photo of a soldier who's flight was delayed causing him to miss his daughter's birth went viral as a stark reminder of the sacrifices soldiers make. Tracy Dover shared the photo on May 5th on Facebook which showed an Army soldier in his uniform seated on the floor of the airport.
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Dover wrote in the post, "This Army soldier was on my delayed flight home yesterday to [Mississippi]. 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 every day and the sacrifices they make."
Since being posted, the image has been shared over 100,000 times. The soldier in the photograph was identified as Brooks Lindsey of Brandon, Mississippi who is a member of the 2nd Battalion 114th Field Artillery Regiment. A video was also captured of Lindsey's reaction and shared by his wife on Facebook.
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Lindsey's wife, Haley Lindsey, also wrote about the story behind the photograph <a href="http://www.lovewhatmatters.com/dont-let-him-board-the-flight-shes-here-entire-airport-cheers-soldier-facetiming-birth-of-girl/">in a post on Love What Matters:</a>
<i>I went to my normal Doctor appointment Thursday morning thinking I would be scheduled for an induction for a week out. Brooks and I have been practicing my call to the Red Cross because we heard it was really hard to get men home for births and we were told the only way it would actually work is if I was in distress, so we were pretty upset about that because I was not having any issues with pregnancy other than a little high blood pressure. To continue, at my appointment my blood pressure was very high, and they did blood work and sent me home. About an hour later, after telling Brooks there was no hope in him getting home, I received a call from my Doctor that my pressures were too high, and the baby was being stressed and I was preeclamptic. She told me to be at the hospital in an hour and they would go ahead and induce. I called Brooks frantic and he was so excited! I then went on to call Red Cross and let them know it was indeed an emergency and they simply just needed clarification from my Doctor. I get to the hospital at 3 pm Thursday and they confirm my state and tell Brooks to book a flight from El Paso (Fort Bliss mobilization to deploy to Kuwait for a 9-month tour) to Dallas layover then to Jackson but that he could not book a flight until after 10 am the following day! I was sure that we would already have a baby by then! But at least he gets to come home for 4 days so I was taking whatever I could get.</i>
Haley also shared a screenshot of her husband's reaction to the birth from her perspective which is quite funny.
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Haley Lindsey</span>
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