Soldier deployed to South Korea meets newborn quadruplets for first time

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HINSDALE, Ill. (Feb. 4, 2016) – Army Captain Tony Burch couldn’t physically be there for the birth of his quadruplets—he was stationed in South Korea when they came into the world on Jan. 24.

But technology allowed Burch to be there in spirit. He used FaceTime to be with his wife, Mary Pat, as they welcomed their four new wonders into the world at AMITA Adventist Medical Center in Hinsdale, Ill.

“Perfect timing. Everything clicked together I was able to see the babies as they were getting cleaned off in the room,” he told WLS.

“He got to see them before I did even though I was right there and he was 12,000 miles away,” Mary Pat said.

On Thursday, Burch arrived home, surprising the couple’s toddler, Alice. Her new siblings are in the neonatal intensive care unit, and they’re expected to stay there for several more weeks.

Tony and Mary Pat said they don’t think Alice quite grasps exactly what’s happened, and they can’t wait to introduce her to her three new brothers (Henry, Nathaniel and Samuel) and new sister (Molly).

Tony will get two weeks of paternity leave. The family is stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, but Mary Pat will stay with her parents in Tinley Park, Ill., to care for the new arrivals.

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