“I’ve always wanted a daughter” – Firefighter adopts baby girl he helped deliver on call out

When firefighter Marc Hadden was called to a woman in trouble, he had no idea what path he was about to take.

The experienced firefighter had been on many calls, but this 911 call was his first after a woman called for help complaining of abdominal pain.

The father of two from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina found himself giving birth to a baby for the first time.

“You can talk about how cool it would be to give birth to a baby, until it actually happens,” Marc told Inside Edition.

Marc and his wife Beth, a teacher, had two sons and wanted to add a daughter to the mix until doctors broke their family plans.

“Basically, my wife was told to terminate, that any further pregnancy could cause complications for her and her potential baby,” he told Inside Edition.

They had considered adoption, but the cost was too high.

Little did he know that a routine call to help deliver a baby would turn out to be the best day of their lives.
Marc arrived at the scene on November 14, 2011 and soon realized that the woman’s stomach pains were actually contractions, but there was not enough time to take her to the hospital.

The firefighter helped deliver the girl and her mother named her Gracie. She remembers the special moment and how involved she was in the baby’s first moments.

‘Can we stay with her?’
“I was put in charge of everything related to Gracie… I helped her breathe for the first time,” he added.

When Marc called her wife and told her that she had just given birth to a baby girl, Beth joked, “Can we keep her?”

Little did they know that just 48 hours later, her dream would become a reality.

The couple soon learned that the mother was a single mother already struggling to raise a teenage son. Beth took pity on the woman and went to visit her the next day at the hospital.

“My heart went out to this woman,” said Beth, 39, who works as an instructional coach at the local elementary school.

“I brought her a little prayer book and asked if I could get some for her,” she told People.

As the two women sat down and got to know each other, a doctor came in and told the baby’s mother that they were ready to go ahead with the adoption. The women seemed distraught at the thought of her daughter being taken by a stranger, at which point Beth spoke up.

“Suddenly, I was able to say that Marc and I had been praying for adoption for years,” she told People. “And she looked 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.

Just hours after Marc helped the woman deliver her baby, he and her wife had signed temporary custody papers and were taking her home. They called her Rebecca Grace but her nickname is Gracie.

They described the moment as “winning the lottery,” but they weren’t ready for a girl so soon. Fortunately, the community stepped up and helped with the mountain of supplies and clothing needed for a newborn.

Marc said he couldn’t open his door because of baby items that friends, family and co-workers left on his doorstep.

Five years later and there is no doubt that Hadden’s life has changed.

“I love my children more than life itself, but Gracie has me between her fingers. No doubt about it.”

“We have this bond that I think supersedes even other father-daughter relationships. We are as thick as thieves.”

It was fate that called Marc to deliver Gracie that day; such a beautiful story and I am so happy that Gracie has ended up becoming a part of this beautiful family.

She spread the joy and share this story with everyone she knows.