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

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(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.

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