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Digger welcomes son into the world via video link

8 May 2018

The Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS) connected an overseas soldier to his wife last week via video chat so he could witness the birth of his third son.

Lack of internet service and time differences meant that connecting Cassie to her deployed husband would never be a certainty, however, quick-thinking midwives ensured that Damien was there for the special moment.

Cassie and Damien Jenkins welcomed their son Nash into the world on 24 April 2018 weighing a healthy 3.92kg with the assistance of midwife Susan Elliot.

“For a hard-working solider to have that moment with his wife and his newborn son, despite being thousands of kilometres apart is a truly special moment,” midwifery unit manager Sari Holland said.

“From everyone here at birthing suite, we wish Cassie and Damien all the best with their new baby.

“This will be a very special story to tell when their son grows up.”

With husband Damien away for the next five months, Cassie said sharing this moment with him was truly heart-warming.

“I wouldn’t have been able to have the birth that I had if it wasn’t for my midwife Susan; I can’t put into words how thankful I am,” Cassie said.

“This is the first birth that Damien has been overseas for and he’s really been missing home lately, so this allowed him to be part of the special moment.

“We’ll always be grateful to Susan for what she did for us, it really did make the moment so much more special for everyone.”

Both Cassie and Nash are doing fine and Nash’s siblings are loving the extra addition to the family.

Last updated: 14 August 2018