- Posted August 15, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The written word: Your personal essays
The good with technology
With all the depressing news going on in the world, here's a real fun story I hope you'll address...
My college friend Mandy and I are both 40 living in different suburbs outside of Denver, Colorado. For years we searched for the "perfect man" dating and being in unsuccessful relationships. We both turned to technology for help. We signed up for E Harmony. I didn't do so well and still am waiting, she met her "perfect match" and got married to a wonderful man. A couple years later they became pregnant and lost their son late in the pregnancy. They kept trying and in Dec. 2012 became pregnant with another son. Last week Mandy went into early labor while her husband was in Texas. The labor was too fast for him to get to the airport even, so they got out their iPhones and went on Facetime. Vance (her husband) cheered her on through labor and got to witness the birth of his son via the internet from the side of a road in Texas. I think with all the bad things happening in the world and technology being seen as bad to so many, here is a wonderful story of how technology has changed the lives of this family, twice!! Enclosed is a letter I forwarded to my relative who works at Apple, thanking them for inventing Facetime. Also, Mandy's Facebook post about the birth of their son.
Vance's letter to Apple:
He wasn't due for 3 weeks. I had time to get to Houston to meet with some Houston based companies and sell some SaaS software offerings. I was supposed to have time.
Arriving on a Wed, the next Thursday went well. I spent the morning with an existing oil customer and a lunch with a oil field manufacturer. I returned back to the JW to prepare for my afternoon reseller meeting at Starbucks.
I get the call.
"I think I may be in labor, don't leave though, I'm pretty sure it's just early 'false labor'". I sat for a bit, preparing, but starting to think through rental car returns and flight options. A few moments later I get the call "get here", so I bolt to get back to Denver.
Later I'd learn that my wife had been in labor ALL DAY, even a little the night before. She was sure it was false labor and didn't call me. Now I had two hours to get to the airport to make an earlier flight.
I flew up 59N in Houston to get to Intercontinental. As I got through traffic, closing in on Houston IAH I get the call on my wife's phone. It was a nurse. She said "Pull over, you wont' make it". I caught the next exit and found a parking lot, in a shady part of town that for some reason had LTE coverage. They put me through on Facetime and over a 10 minute period I saw the birth of my son Brooks. Three contractions and some hard pushing labor, he was out, he was perfect, my wife was fine.
I hung up and just barely made my flight. So, to the Facetime team...
THANKS for Facetime
THANKS for working with AT&T on LTE Facetime
THANKS for allowing me to witness the birth of my son, even if it was on the side of the road!
What you do affects people....
Picture attached, right after birth.
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Mandy's FB post:
Hi all. We finally found a moment to formally introduce everyone to Brooks Michael Wagenknecht born on 8/8/13 at 2:44pm. He weighed 5lbs 14oz and was 19 inches long.
His arrival was definitely a surprise, coming 3 weeks early. The morning of 8/8 was a typical one for Mandy- 5:30am boot camp class, cereal, clocking in for work....but she was feeling slight activity. She was excited that it could be Braxton Hicks and it meant her body was getting ready for delivery in a few weeks. The sensation started to be steady and after 8am she started to keep track. At 12:40pm, still thinking it was false labor or Braxton Hicks, (especially since the day before she had an ultrasound & stress test- which displayed no signs of labor) she decided to call her doctor. Vance and Emma were back in Houston and she wanted to make sure it was a false alarm or get Vance on a plane. To be safe, she called her parents to drive her to the office, and brought her bags. They arrived after 1:15pm and Mandy was hooked up to a stress test. After being monitored for 15mins, the PA said the contractions were not too consistent and decided to exam her. All she told Mandy after examination was that she was open and she should go to labor & delivery. Luckily the doctor's office is attached to the hospital. She got dressed, called Vance and walked over with her parents. Upon arrival, she was put in the delivery room and asked to put on a gown. Immediately after, she had a contraction and was told to get in bed so the nurse could put the monitors on. She called Vance to be sure he was on his way to the airport. Then another contraction came in which she told Vance she would call him back. At this point she was alone in the room and at the end of the contraction her water broke and she felt the urge to push. She called out for the nurses and had no response, couldn't find the call button so continued to call out for help and pushing all kinds of buttons. Finally a correct button was pushed and a voice through the speaker asked if Mandy needed anything- she replied "Yes I need to push and no one is here!!" The nurse came in and called immediately for her doctor. Mandy's mom joined her in the delivery room. Dr. Gipson suggested immediately getting Vance on FaceTime. Another nurse took Mandy's phone & was able to reach him on the way to the airport. Other nurses were scrambling to get an IV into Mandy and officially checked into the hospital. Meanwhile, Vance pulled over, and while on Facetime was able to cheer Mandy on. A few contractions and pushes later- out came Brooks! His cry was a beautiful sound and he immediately stopped once he was placed on Mandy's stomach. Thanks to Apple technology Vance was able to witness the birth of his son. According to his phone data, the entire call was only 11 minutes, so the actual birthing was probably 9 minutes!! Super fast!
Brooks is very healthy and eating like a champ. Mandy's recovery is a breeze. We see a lot of Vance and Emma in him with certain facial expressions. We are extremely thankful for all the prayers and support during this pregnancy. Brooks being so healthy and strong is a true testament to the power of prayer.
Here is a link to the photos taken by the hospital:
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Here is the link to some pics we took: