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Local Soldier Rushed Home From War For Daughter’s Birth

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Update 3/10 – 6:00 p.m. – Katelynn Annabell Turner was born at 5:37 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Baylor All Saints.  She’s 6lbs 5 oz. and 19 3/4 inches long.  Because she is premature she’s being checked out in the hospital’s NICU, but the family reports the Turners are doing well.

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Katelynn Annabell Turner

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – It was a busy Friday afternoon at DFW International Airport with soldiers arriving home from a long journey.

Army Specialist Kenneth Turner was one of them, “It’s good to be home!”

He rushed towards his mother, and for several minutes doesn’t let go.  “I missed you,” says his mother Barbara, crying.

But even after a 40-hour trip all the way from Afghanistan Turner’s journey wasn’t over yet.  Not all of his family could greet him at the airport.

Spc. Turner’s mother and father-in-law whisked him from the airport to Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth where the person who wanted to see him most was doing her own waiting.

Turner’s wife Jennifer can’t believe it when she sees him.  “Love you!  Oh I’m going to start crying.”

It’s been six months since Turner had seen his wife.  He immediately started kissing her belly, “You got bigger,” Turner tells her.

Jennifer isn’t due until April, but went into labor a little early.  “I got the message – hopped on the plane, hopped on another plane and another plane,” explains Specialist Turner “I was doing a lot of praying and hoping I would get here”

Along the way he shared his story with other passengers, “They hoped I would get here in time.”

Friday night Jennifer was still in labor.  Her doctors are hoping she can hold off because the baby is early, but the family says they can’t wait too much longer.

Spc. Turner is only home for two weeks and says after all he’s been through to get here he doesn’t want to miss his baby girls birth.

“It’s a miracle!  It’s all I can say – I traveled half way across the world to see this baby born! I just can’t wait,” said Spc. Turner.

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