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Firefighter Decides To Adopt Baby Girl Whose Life He Saved As Part Of His Job

Firefighter Decides To Adopt Baby Girl Whose Life He Saved As Part Of His Job

Marc Hadden learned that the mother would not be able to keep the baby and would be putting her child up for adoption.

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Firefighters often put their lives on the line to rescue those in need of assistance. But it's not often that they take full responsibility for the life they have saved after they have done their duty. 

When Marc Hadden got an emergency call about a woman who was suffering abdominal pain he did not expect to be meeting a future member of his family that day. At the scene of the emergency, they learned that the woman's severe abdominal pain was actually her going into labor. Hadden and his team had to act quickly because they realized they were running short on time.



 

 

They acted as quickly as they could and moments later they delivered a baby girl in the back of an ambulance. The emergency responders then took her and her baby to the hospital. There, Hadden learned that the mother would not be able to keep the baby and would be putting her child up for adoption. Hadden and his wife who already had two sons were hoping to have a third one. But due to complications, they were unable to conceive. “I will never forget that day. It was a day when a lot of things came full circle,” Hadden told CNN, recalling the decision to adopt the newborn.



 

 

Hadden called his wife, Beth, and told her that he had just delivered a baby. "Can we keep her?" she had asked in jest at the time. When she heard from her husband that the baby may be up for adoption, she decided to pay the mother a visit. “My heart just went out to this woman,” Beth, who works as an instructional coach at the local elementary school told PEOPLE. “I brought her a little prayer book and asked I could get anything for her.” When they were speaking the doctor came up to the woman to tell her that they were ready to go ahead with the adoption. 



 

 

“Suddenly the opportunity was there for me to say that Marc and I had been praying about adoption for years,” Beth recalled. “And she looked over at me and said, ‘I want you to adopt my baby.’ She had the nurse bring her in and I was able to hold Gracie for the first time. I called Marc and said, ‘I think we just had a baby.'” Two days later she went home to the Hadden's. “She is what we prayed for,” she said. “It felt like winning the lottery.” They decided to name the baby Rebecca Grace and refer to her as Gracie. Her adoptive parents are in disbelief ever so often at the thought of having been lucky enough to have Gracie in their lives.



 

 

"Most days it's business as usual, getting Gracie to daycare or gymnastics or soccer," Hadden told TODAY. "Every once in a while it will hit us, usually when we're out on a date night ... oh my gosh, my wife and I have been together for 15 years, we have three kids now! Sometimes it's a bit overwhelming. Holy cow, this happened overnight, but we wouldn't trade it for anything." Gracie's elder brothers Parker and Will adore her. "The boys absolutely love her and she loves them." It's been a few years since Gracie was adopted and her family has let her know from the get-go about her birth story.



 

 

"We have never hidden it from her," Hadden said. "If you ask her where she was born, she says, 'My daddy delivered me in the back of an ambulance.' She knows the whole story. I wanted her to know as soon as she was old enough to understand. I didn't want it to be this huge surprise. It still breaks my heart to think of one day having to explain it to her more in-depth ... because she doesn't really 100% get it." He added, "She is part of our family and that is absolutely the way it is. We love her."



 


 
 
 

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