This Deployed Army Dad Saw His Quadruplets Born Via FaceTime From 6,500 Miles Away

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Photo: Adventist Hinsdale Hospial

They say a picture is worth a thousands words…not only is that true of the amazing photo above, it’s also worth a thousand TEARS (in my case anyway). What could be sweeter than a dad beaming at his newborn child, receiving good news from a doctor…from 6,500 miles away?


That’s right, fourteen time zones and six thousand miles separated Army captain Tony Burch, 30, from his wife Mary Pat, 29, as she gave birth to quadruplets. Yet, thanks to the miracle of technology, he was able to watch the whole thing on FaceTime from his Army base in Korea.

The Burches were already proud parents to Alice, now 23 months, when they received news that  triplets would be joining the family, according to NBC News. But just a few days later another ultrasound revealed a 4th bun in the oven! When Captain Burch had to deploy to South Korea, Mary Pat and Alice moved in with her parents for the duration of her high-risk pregnancy.

Months of care and carrying resulted in the healthy birth of babies Henry (3 pounds, 8 ounces), Nathaniel (3 pounds, 6 ounces), Samuel (3 pounds, 2 ounces) and Molly (2 pounds 14 ounces) on January 24, according to the AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center in Hinsdale, Illinois.

What a miracle that these beautiful children were born healthy and that their dad was able to watch thanks to technology.

Even  better, he was able to join them on a break from deployment just 4 days later. These photos are from the  hospital’s instagram.

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Kim Carmignani, director of the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, told NBC news that mom Mary Pat deserves credit for the babies’ healthy arrival, and the fact that they were all so close in size, which is an indicator of good health.

“The Mom is so positive — it’s like she willed this,” Carmignani said.

GO Mama! 🙂

The babies will be in the hospital for several more weeks, and Captain Burch will be home from deployment in June.

Congratulations to the Burch family! We look forward to seeing your quads grow!

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Jenny Rapson
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