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Military father watches daughter's birth from overseas


There was a special delivery Thursday morning as an East Texas mother gave birth to a healthy little girl.

Four generations of family made it to little Ellarie Mohn's birth, but it was not easy since Ellarie's father is stationed in Japan.

"There we go," smiled Dr. Paul Fanning as he lifted little Ellarie up for family to see.

Ellarie weighs 8 pounds and 12 oz. 

"I'm so blessed, just so blessed. She is so perfect," said Ellarie's mother, Erica McCraine.

What makes this day even more special is that McCraine's husband was able to be a part of this unforgettable moment all the way from Japan.

"Honestly, I was just happy when I heard her screaming and knowing she was healthy," said McCraine's husband, Jesse Mohn.

Mohn said he is an Aviation Technician Petty Officer 1st Class, stationed at the Yokosuka Naval Base and was not even sure if FaceTiming would be a possibility. However, thanks to timing, technology and a determined family, he did not miss a second.

"I'm going to see you in a little bit, little girl," Mohn said before his wife was taken into surgery.

Dr. Fanning introduced himself to Ellarie's dad via FaceTime, something he said he has never done before.

"Great day for a birthday party; wish you could be here live, but this is the next best thing," Dr. Fanning said.

"This is unbelievable. At no time in history have I been able to have something like this. It's very, very cool," Dr. Fanning said.

Four generations of family were all present for little Ellarie's birth, including big brother Benjamin.

"We have a beautiful little girl," happy dad Mohn said.

"My first through is that she is perfect," McCraine's mom said as she leaned over her brand new granddaughter.

Mohn and McCraine said it will probably be December or January before they are all reunited, but McCraine said having family here by her side is exactly what will carry her through until they are all together again.

"There's really no words to describe how amazing it is to be able to hold you baby girl, to be able to have your husband here watching and to know that he will be able to hold her soon as well," McCraine said.

McCraine said she, Ellarie and Benjamin will join Mohn in Japan at the end of this year.

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