Firefighter Adopts Newborn He Delivered While on Emergency Call

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On Nov. 14, 2011, a Myrtle Beach fire station received a call about a woman experiencing adnominal pain, Cosmopolitan reports. Firefighter Marc Hadden and his squad arrived on the scene and quickly realized the woman was in labor.

"It was a pretty serious call for us," Hadden, 47, told TODAY. "We got her on some oxygen, started some IVs, and literally as we were getting ready to leave the parking lot in the ambulance, my partner said, 'We're about to deliver a baby right here.'"

Hadden’s crew delivered the baby girl in the ambulance. It happened quickly and when baby was born, she has handed to Hadden to hold. Little did he know, that moment would change his life forever.

A few hours later, Hadden discovered that the mother was planning on putting her daughter up for adoption. This was a sign for Hadden and his wife, Beth, who were hoping for another baby. The couple agreed they wanted to adopt the little girl into their already family of four.

Two days later, the Haddens welcomed their newest addition into their home and officially adopted her in March 2012. Rebecca Grace Hadden is now 5 years old and will begin kindergarten later this year. She has a great relationship with her older brothers, 12-year-old Parker and 14-year-old Will, and loves gymnastics.

Marc and Beth have already told their daughter the story about how she was born."We have never hidden it from her," Hadden said. "If you ask her where she was born, she says, 'My daddy delivered me in the back of an ambulance.' She knows the whole story. I wanted her to know as soon as she was old enough to understand."

He added, "She is part of our family and that is absolutely the way it is. We love her."


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