Deployed soldier gets ultimate surprise while watching his child’s birth on iPad

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AMES, Iowa (PIX11) — Technology may be making the world a smaller place, but it will never trump a face-to-face interaction, which is what a deployed National Guard sergeant recently discovered.

While Sgt. John Vorrath was watching the birth of his second child, Charlotte, via Facetime on an iPad from the Middle East, his commander secretly slipped him a note saying his request for a week-long leave had been granted, WHNT reported.

Deployed Sgt. John Vorrath watched the birth of his second child from an iPad in the Middle East. (Photo: Mary Greeley Medical Center)

Deployed Sgt. John Vorrath watched the birth of his second child from an iPad in the Middle East. (Photo: Mary Greeley Medical Center)

His wife, Janae, had no idea of the clandestine grant, and a video of the emotional meeting 22 hours later at an Iowa hospital was posted to YouTube.

“Oh my god. Look at her,” Vorrath said of his new daughter while hugging his tearful wife.

The couple’s 2-year-old son got to join in on the action as well after not seeing his father for several months.

“You’re so big,” Vorrath couldn’t help saying as he happily scooped his son into his arms.

Cheers to the happy family.