It was a slow November day when a South Carolina firefighter received a phone call that would change his life.
More than five years ago, a woman in Myrtle Beach had been complaining of severe abdominal pain when firefighters realized she was in labor, NBC News reported.
Marc Hadden and the other firefighter didn’t even have time to prepare for the birth of baby, who “came right out” before they could even cut the mother’s clothes.
The baby was immediately handed to Hadden, who later learned that the woman was homeless and that she planned to put the baby up for adoption. Hayden’s wife had been praying for a third child, so he jumped at the opportunity to adopt her.
Two days later, Hadden took the baby – who he named Gracie – home. In 2012, the Haddens received full custody of her.
At 5-years-old, Gracie takes gymnastic and is getting ready to begin school where Hadden’s wife teaches.
“She’s a pretty remarkable kid,” Hadden said.
Gracie’s older brothers, 12-year-old Parker and 14-year-old Will, “absolutely love her,” Hadden said.
Gracie is well aware that she was born in the back of an ambulance, Hadden said.
“She knows the whole story,” Hadden said. “I wanted her to know as soon as she was old enough to understand. I didn’t want it to be this huge surprise.”
Gracie and Hadden are “tighter than thieves,” Hadden said.
“She is part of our family and that is absolutely the way it is,” he added. “We love her.”
Today, Hadden still works as a firefighter, but on a volunteer basis.
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