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Deployed Soldier Surprises Wife, One-Day-Old Daughter After Watching Birth on iPad

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AMES, Iowa – As he watched the birth of his second child on his iPad, a National Guard Sergeant was given permission to travel half way around the world to surprise his wife in Ames.

Just 22 hours before landing in Des Moines, Sgt. John Vorrath was deployed with his unit in the Middle East. Without clearance to leave, he was able to be there with his wife, Janae, in the delivery room via Facetime as she brought little Charlotte into the world.

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

Vorrath, a member of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation based out of Boone, flew back to surprise his wife at Mary Greeley Medical Center and meet his new baby girl.

The couple’s two-year-old also got the chance to see his dad for the first time since he was deployed.

It was all caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube.

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


  • Kyra

    That is priceless! I am bawling. I can’t imagine giving birth without my husband there. I can imagine how grateful they both are that this could happen.

  • Kasey Vogel

    This is amazing! How wonderful for technology and the staff of Mary Greely that made this happen for this precious family! God Bless this family and the sacrifice they make everyday!!!!

    • Todd

      I think it’s more of a testament of the faithfulness of the guy’s wife. The boy had never met his father until then so the wife must have been speaking about his father to family and friends in a positive light. I hope they have a long and lasting relationship and both kids (and any other) get to see how love it done.

  • Ritaa

    My ex husband and I were stationed in Taiwan, I flew 250 miles to deliver our 1st daughter (after 2 boys), he arrived after her birth, stayed about an hr then said he had to leave to catch a plane back down island where we were stationed. Was sleeping about 4 hrs later when I awoke to find him at my bedside. He had been at the “O” club and had missed his plane. So unlike the gentleman in this story. Now you know why he is my ex!

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