Nothing about the 911 call seemed that out of the ordinary to South Carolina firefighter Marc Hadden: a woman was in
labor and needed some help. Hadden responded to the November 2011 call like any other. Upon arrival, though, he quickly realized the woman
was about to deliver her baby—and there was no time to get her to the hospital. So, he
jumped into action, helping the woman bring her healthy baby girl into the
world right then and there.
Once Marc was sure both the
woman and her daughter were safe, he called his wife, Beth, to brag
about the exciting highlight of his day.
At that point, the Haddens
were mostly just joyful about the role Marc had played in delivering the baby.
“I mean, who in the world gets to deliver a baby in their lifetime that’s not a
doctor?” Beth told the local WMBF
news station at the time.
Neither of them had any idea
how much responding to that one call would change their lives.
It wasn’t long after that the
Haddens were told the little girl Marc had helped to deliver was being
immediately put up for adoption. Years earlier, after the delivery of their
second son, they had learned that Beth would not likely be able to have
more children. They’d been talking about the possibility of adoption for a
while, but had decided to leave it up to fate.
“We said, if it’s meant to be, it will be,” Beth explained.
Well … this felt pretty meant to
After expressing interest in
adopting the little girl, the Haddens brought baby Grace home just
48 hours later. Friends, family and neighbors all pitched in to help the
family make room for their newest member, donating time and supplies to build
an addition onto their home.
Today, Grace is 5 years old, loved and protected by her older brothers, and adored by her parents,
who still hold the story of how her father delivered her close to their hearts.
Photograph by Facebook
That story has recently gained
attention, mostly because the timing of it all is so incredible. But to this
family of 5, Grace’s birth and adoption are just an example of the fate they
were waiting on. It’s proof to them that she was always meant to be theirs.
As Marc told WMBF, “I don’t
even think about her being adopted. She’s ours and we love her.”
Adoption doesn’t always happen
so easily and it’s rarely a matter of the cards lining up so perfectly. Timing is everything. And for
the Haddens, the timing was clearly right for baby Grace to join their family.