Soldier parents reunited with baby son in time for 1st birthday

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A stroke of luck for two parents who will be home for the one year birthday of their son.  

Michael and Haleigh Worley traveled four days to get home to Alabama from Baghdad. They arrived at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport Thursday morning.

"We pretty much sprinted as soon as the plane landed," Haleigh Worley said. "We got our bags and came hauling off of the plane."

Family and friends greeted them when they got off the plane... and minutes later, their baby son, Kaden, arrived. Haleigh couldn't keep back the tears, finally holding her son.

"It's amazing... makes everything worth it," Haleigh Worley said.

"It's the greatest feeling in the world," Michael Worley said.

Haleigh left in April when Kaden was just six months old. FOX6 News told you in May how Haleigh used an internet connection to see Kaden on Mother's Day. Her husband, Michael, left in December. Now the Worley's are relishing the time together.

"Relax... spend time with this little guy," Michael Worley said.  

"Go down to the beach," Haleigh Worley said.

The Worley's have only two weeks together before duty calls and they must return to Iraq, but they will be home for an important event: Kaden's first birthday next week.

"I never thought I would be home for the first birthday," Haleigh Worley said. "To be home for the first birthday is prayer come true."

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