In 2012 Marc Hadden from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was working as a firefighter. He and his wife Beth were proud parents to two sons, Parker and Will.
And while the couple really wanted a third baby, they had been told by doctors that, unfortunately, they wouldn’t be able to have another naturally. Undeterred, though, the Haddens would come to fix on another plan to complete their family.
“Ever since we had the boys, we knew that we wanted more children,” Beth told South Carolina-based news channel WMBF in 2012. “But I was pre-term with them so we knew that it wasn’t possible to have any more babies.”
“We had it in our minds and in our hearts for years to adopt, and we just left it in God’s hands,” she added. “We said if it’s meant to be, it will be.” And so the couple kept on hoping that they’d find another child through adoption.
Then, one night, everything changed for the Haddens. That evening, Marc and his firefighter crew got what they originally thought was a routine emergency call; it turned out, however, to be anything but.
Indeed, nothing could prepare Marc for what was in store. At first, though, the crew arrived on the scene to find a woman in labor – and they quickly realized there was not enough time to rush her to a hospital.
What happened next, moreover, would earn Marc the award for Myrtle Beach Fire Department Firefighter of the Year. Specifically, he had no option but to help deliver the baby there and then – a daunting task for a man who was not a medical professional.
And after one of the most bizarre shifts imaginable, Marc couldn’t wait to call his wife what had happened. She was probably not expecting him to say quite what he did.
“He called me and he was ecstatic,” Beth recalled to WMBF. “I mean, he delivered a baby and who in the world gets to deliver a baby in their lifetime that’s not a doctor?”
But the story was about to take an astonishing twist. That was because the Haddens found out that the little girl, who had been called Grace, had been put up for adoption straight away. And they couldn’t quite believe their luck.
Could this amazing coincidence finally allow the couple to fulfill their dream of having a third child? Had they found a little sister for their boys, Will and Parker?
As it turned out, their dream had indeed come true. Only 48 hours after the emergency call, in fact, baby Grace came home with them to meet her new big brothers. The family of four had become a family of five in the space of just two days.
When asked if he could describe the feeling, Marc said to WMBF, “I don’t know if I have words. I never envisioned that I would have a daughter. We are truly blessed, for sure.”
Furthermore, he insisted that the couple wouldn’t view Grace as an adopted daughter but as their own. “She’s ours and we love her,” he told the TV station.
Meanwhile, the Haddens’ sons, Will and Parker, fully embraced having a new little sister. Indeed, WMBF has reported that they took on roles as “protective older brothers” as soon as Grace joined the family.
And while the boys immediately understood that they were not biologically related to their new sister, their eyes would nevertheless “light up” when they saw her, according to the WMBF report. “I just love her to pieces,” Will told the station.
Still, Beth has joked that having their new daughter has had certain drawbacks. In particular, she told WMBF that her first thought when signing the adoption papers was, “Oh my gosh, we have to pay for a wedding.”
Meanwhile, in another touching twist to the tale, a friend of the Haddens, builder Buddy Satterfield, stepped in to help the family extend their house. Thanks to the new arrival, the Haddens were a little short of space.
As a result, then, construction workers created another bedroom, much to the delight of Marc. “I don’t know what we would have done because we have definitely outgrown our home,” he told WMBF.
“So we’re just truly blessed to have friends that will pull together for us like this,” the proud father of three continued. And if the Haddens’ touching story tells us anything, it’s that sometimes all it takes is an instant for lives to change for the better.