A pregnant woman was able to breathe a sign of relief when her military husband returned from deployment to surprise her right before delivery.
Thirty-four-year-old, Cara Rahming, wasn’t expecting her husband to make it to the birth of their baby boy.
“There’s a lot of emotion because it’s a moment you hoped you could share together, and it was becoming more and more real that I was going to go through this alone,” Cara said, in a hospital news release.
Army captain and doctor, Harold Rahming, had been deployed since June serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq.
Little did Cara know, he was planning on coming home to be present for his son’s birth.
“There were times that I didn’t think I was gonna make it,” Harold told Good Morning America.
“I figured I probably could make September 22, that was kind of the plan, to be in the hospital by the time the baby was discharged.”
But not wanting to leave his wife alone, he made a couple of calls to see what was possible, and moved forward with plans to be in Orland Hills, Illinois, to support his wife and newborn baby.
A bit earlier than expected, Cara’s then uneventful pregnancy, experienced a little bump in the road. Her baby’s movements were changing and doctors sent her to Advocate Christ Hospital to monitor the baby.
Once Harold got word of Cara’s hospitalization, he arranged plans to come home even earlier than expected.
Just in time, with one day to spare, Harold made it back home and wanted to surprise his wife. He got the nursing staff in on it and they waited until Cara went into the restroom to set everything up.
“I rallied up the nurses and everybody was on board to surprise her and we just waited till she came out,” Harold said.
When Cara walked out of the bathroom to find people recording her, she realized in that moment that her husband made it back.
“I told you I was coming home,” Capt. Rahming says as his wife cries into his shoulder via the video.
“I was over the moon,” Cara said in the hospital release. “We were together for the first time in three months.”
Cara was then medically induced for a cesarean section and gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
“I’m extremely proud of her,” Harold said of his wife. “She’s very resilient and very courageous.”
The husband and wife are both very optimistic and excited for this new chapter they get to experience in life.
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