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Soldier in Iraq watches first child's birth live

An Eastern Kentucky soldier serving in Iraq thought he might miss one of the most important events in his life.

But thanks to the information technology team at Pikeville Medical Center, the young father was able watch the birth of his first child from the Middle East.

Brittany Bradley's fiancee left for Iraq on July 25th, and the couple has no idea when he will be back.

Bradley's doctors were able to schedule an inducement so her fiancee could use Skype to watch the birth of his first child.

Little Lillian Alice Farmer, 7lbs. 10 ounces and 20 inches, was born Thursday afternoon at Pikeville Medical Center.

Although her daddy, Dustin Farmer, is in Iraq serving in the National Guard, the family had plans to use a webcam.

"I brought a small laptop that actually belongs to my sister, but it just wasn't picking up good at all," said Brittany Bradley, the mother and fiancee.

The screen was too small for Brittany to see her fiancee.

"At first they brought in the TV first to hook up to the little laptop because where it was so small I couldn't hardly see," said Bradley.

But Brittany's laptop was not getting good connection. The screen kept freezing and she was afraid her fiancee was going to miss everything.

The information technology team rushed upstairs to labor and delivery with the 32-inch widescreen HD TV and laptop.

The techs had everything working within 20 minutes.

"We hooked it up, and when we knew everything was working properly, we left them alone so they could be alone," said Clinton Coleman, an telecommunications specialist at Pikeville Medical Center.

"The doctor held her up as soon as she was born so he could see her, and it was awesome," said Bradley.

The couple does not know when their family will be together for the first time.

"For him not to be here that was the best experience I could have had for him not to be here. And I really appreciate Pikeville Medical Center for doing that for me because that's not something they do everyday," said Bradley.

Brittany says the birth was very emotional, and she is glad Lillian's dad could experience it.

The tech who set everything up for Brittany says that was the first time he had done anything like that.

He also says he was honored and will do anything for the troops.


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