Soldier travels more than 8,000 miles to witness daughter’s birt - CBS46 News

Soldier travels more than 8,000 miles to witness daughter’s birth

Posted: Updated:
(Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula) (Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula)

(Meredith) – A soldier traveled thousands of miles to make it home just in time for his daughter’s birth.

U.S. Army combat engineer Francois Clerfe didn’t think he would make it at one point.

It took him two days, seven planes and more than 8,000 miles to travel from where he was stationed in Iraq to California, via Kuwait, according to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

But his baby girl, Julia Clerfe, waited just long enough for dad to walk through the hospital doors.

He and his wife, Natalia Svistunova, were happy to welcome their firstborn child together on New Year’s Day.

Little Julia weighed in at 7 pounds and 2 ounces, the hospital wrote on Facebook.

She was the hospital’s first baby of the new year.

Clerfe will be home for 40 days to spend time with his family before he returns to deployment, KSWB reports.

Copyright 2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved. 

  • NationalMore>>

  • APNewsBreak: At least 3 shelters set up for child migrants

    APNewsBreak: At least 3 shelters set up for child migrants

    Friday, June 22 2018 12:58 AM EDT2018-06-22 04:58:23 GMT
    Nicole Hernandez, of the Mexican state of Guerrero, holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Nicole Hernandez, of the Mexican state of Guerrero, holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

    More >

    Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

    More >
  • AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

    AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

    Friday, June 22 2018 12:37 AM EDT2018-06-22 04:37:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/File). FILE - In this March 30, 1942 file photo, Cpl. George Bushy, left, a member of the military guard which supervised the departure of 237 Japanese people for California, holds the youngest child of Shigeho Kitamoto, center, as she and he...(AP Photo/File). FILE - In this March 30, 1942 file photo, Cpl. George Bushy, left, a member of the military guard which supervised the departure of 237 Japanese people for California, holds the youngest child of Shigeho Kitamoto, center, as she and he...
    AP Explains: US has split up families and detained children throughout its history.More >
    AP Explains: US has split up families and detained children throughout its history.More >
  • Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

    Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

    Thursday, June 21 2018 11:39 PM EDT2018-06-22 03:39:13 GMT
    Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah."

    More >

    A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah."

    More >