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Sneak attack! Soldier surprises pregnant wife in delivery room

Posted at 11:37 AM, Jun 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-23 11:51:59-04

YORK, Penn. –  U.S. Army Soldier Joseph Kunkel gave his wife Jena the ultimate gift when he surprised her at the hospital before she gave birth to their baby girl, according to Jena had no idea her husband was waiting in the wings.

“I actually had told them that I needed to see the anesthesiologist again because the pain was just completely unbearable at that point,” Jena recalled.

That’s when nurses sent Joseph, posing as a doctor, into the hospital room. He wore a mask and scrubs that covered his military uniform.

It took a  few seconds for Jena to recognize her husband. Three hours later, little Ryleigh Mae was born.

“I fell in love with my baby as soon as I saw her,” Joseph said. “She was just waiting extra long; I swear she knew that her daddy was coming.”

When every travel plan that could go wrong went wrong fate stepped in and brought Joseph to Jena.

“I had a ticket to go from Lawton to Dallas to Baltimore; and when I got to the Lawton Airport, they canceled my flight,” he said.

At Lawson Airport a soldier offered to drive three hours so Joseph could catch a flight out of Dallas. That flight was also delayed, but he didn’t give up and eventually he made it to York Hospital.

“The most beautiful thing; I will remember this day for the rest of my life, not only obviously because it’s our first born, but just the miracle of how everything worked so perfectly,” Jena said.