Oh Baby! A Soldier's Surprise

All baby deliveries on Mary Greeley’s Birthways unit are special, but you’ve got to see this story!

Iowa Army National Guard Sergeant John Vorrath, of Ames, is currently deployed with his unit in the Middle East. He wanted to be back to see his wife, Janae, give birth to their second child. But he couldn’t get clearance to leave, though he did watch the birth as it happened online via Facetime.

As he was watching, his commander slipped him a note saying his request for leave had been granted! He then traveled 22 hours across the globe to surprise his wife and meet his new baby, Charlotte, at Mary Greeley Medical Center. Watch this video to see it all unfold!

Vorrath is a member of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation based out of Boone. He was home with his family on leave for the following week. Video courtesy the Vorraths and Chris Reif.

Soldier's Family

Sergeant Vorrath watched his daughter's birth through a Facetime connection from across the world. This photo was taken at Mary Greeley Medical Center shortly after the birth of Charlotte.


Soldier's Surprise

Sergeant Vorrath watching the birth of his baby from his army base in the Middle East.



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