Special Delivery! Skype Gives Soldier the Best Independence Day Ever


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Minnesota native Ted Freese has been stationed overseas in the Middle East, but that didn’t stop him from witnessing the birth of his first child. Thanks to Skype, an internet service that allows users to make telephone calls and video chat, Freese was a part of the special, life-changing moment even though he wasn’t physically able to be there.  With a laptop placed beside his wife Lizzy’s hospital bed Freese was able to talk to her and coach her through the delivery.

Carson Leon Freese arrived on July 4that 4:12 in the afternoon. The Freese’s come from a long line of family members who have served in the military, so they were thrilled that their newborn son was an “Independence Day baby”. “I didn’t know if it was going to work. Luckily, my commanding officer made a phone call and told me that I wasn’t going to be able to come back to work until I had a little baby boy,” said Ted Freese, who works 15-hour shifts in the Navy. “I couldn’t ask for a better day. It was perfect,” he said of his son’s birth. Ted is scheduled to return home in December and will finally be able to meet his son face-to-face.

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