Ryan Siebert was greater than 4,300 miles away from residence, however that didn’t cease him from watching the beginning of his daughter at Washington Well being System Washington Hospital on Wednesday.
Siebert, 26, a sergeant within the U.S. Military stationed in Europe, witnessed his fiancee, Kelcie Christopher, give beginning to the couple’s daughter, Penelope, on FaceTime.
“It was fairly superb. I felt like I used to be there your complete time,” mentioned Siebert.
Christopher, 26, mentioned her due date was Nov. 19, and Siebert was scheduled to fly residence just a few days earlier than.
However on Wednesday afternoon, Christopher, who can also be an Military sergeant, went into labor whereas she was visiting her mother and father in Washington.
“I FaceTimed him to let him know my water broke, and at the moment we each sort of knew he wasn’t going to have the ability to make it residence,” recalled Christopher.
Siebert sprang into motion and booked the primary out there industrial flight, which included three connecting flights.
In the meantime, WHS made preparations for Siebert to look at the reside feed of the supply.
Siebert recalled that one of many nurses who was a part of the obstetrics staff through the supply, Heather West, held the telephone near Christopher all through her C-section and that, afterward, “wherever Penelope went, she went so I might see her.”
West even captured some pictures of Siebert’s emotional, tearful response after Penelope’s beginning (at 3:44 p.m.) and video of Siebert singing to his new daughter.
“It was immersive. Our nurses had been so proactive; they had been superior. All the things occurred so quick,” mentioned Siebert, who was nonetheless on the bottom when 7-pound, 1-ounce Penelope was born.
Christopher famous that it was an excellent factor Siebert wasn’t on his manner residence through the supply as a result of if the aircraft was within the air at the moment, he in all probability wouldn’t have been in a position to see the beginning.
West mentioned the staff acquired caught up within the emotion of the occasions.
“It was so particular to be a part of such a heart-warming starting to their household,” mentioned West. “It was neat to have the ability to see it by way of, too, from FaceTime in Europe to his arrival in Pennsylvania.”
The proud dad acquired to carry his daughter in particular person on Thursday – Veterans Day – at about 6 p.m., after heading immediately from Pittsburgh Worldwide Airport to the hospital, the place hospital workers whisked him to Christopher’s suite.
There, nurses videotaped the household being reunited.
“It’s like our personal Hallmark film,” mentioned nurse practitioner BethAnn Schaeber.
Christopher mentioned she’s joyful to have video of the household’s reunion.
She was launched from the hospital Friday afternoon, and the household was busy getting settled into their Monongahela residence.
In the meantime, Siebert is working to get his go away prolonged by way of Thanksgiving.
“Penelope’s superb,” mentioned Siebert. “I believed she was lovely on FaceTime, and he or she’s attractive in particular person.”