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Deployed soldier celebrates baby’s birth at McKee


Technology links Dad in Afghanistan to birthing suite

LOVELAND, Colo. (Aug. 30, 2013) – Danielle Cotton celebrated the birth of daughter Nyemah (pronounced ni-EE-ma) on Thursday with her husband at the bedside, even though physically, he was a world away.

Technology and the web brought Colorado Army National Guard Spec. Hanif Cotton to the McKee Family Birthing Center for more than five hours Thursday. He was there to offer words of encouragement and to welcome Nyemah into the world.

Spec. Cotton serves with the Colorado Army National Guard. He was deployed to Afghanistan in April. He is expected home before Thanksgiving, Danielle said.

In the meantime, Nyemah will join two older brothers at home: 2-year-old Romulus and 7-year-old Melakai.

Danielle said typically the family talks via Skype once or twice a week depending on what activities are going on in Afghanistan. On Thursday, as Danielle checked into the hospital, the couple worked with McKee Medical Center staff to establish an internet connection and to make sure Hanif knew the big day arrived. At noon, they connected again, and Hanif stayed with Danielle, talking to her and her physician, Elizabeth Howell, MD, until Nyemah was born.
Danielle said her husband has served active duty for 12 years and in the National Guard for 16 years.

About McKee Medical Center
McKee Medical Center is a fully accredited, private nonprofit facility in Loveland, Colo., owned by Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 23 hospitals in seven states. It offers emergency care, cancer care, heart care, orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, intensive care, lab and medical imaging. For more information, please visit


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