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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (CBS11) – A special homecoming for a Texas serviceman after seven months in Afghanistan culminated in the birth of his latest little miracle.

Tech Sgt. Mario Dorado had only seen his son on Facetime and heard his voice over the phone.

“It was stressful and one of the hardest deployments so far,” said Dorado.

On Veterans Day he got the hug he had waited months for. He surprised his son at North Richland Hills Elementary School.

“I was surprised and very proud of my dad,” said Ezequiel Dorado.

Mario surprised his son but what he didn’t know was that his son was going to surprise him as well. Not Ezequiel, but his little brother. Leo Dorado was born 24 hours later.

“He was 7 pounds and 7 ounces,” said Mario. “He is perfect.”

His wife Kimberly was due on November 11, but neither she nor Mario anticipated he would be back from deployment in time for the birth or that it would happen immediately after he returned.

“I didn’t think I was going to see that moment so when everything finally happened it was like, all of that time was worth it,” said Mario.

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