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Cowboys star watches son's birth on iPhone

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr can't get to the hospital in time to see his son's birth. He does have an iPhone, however. And, well, someone had one in the delivery room. So FaceTime revealed birth time.

The face of the FaceTime papa.
Josh Looney/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Some men are desperate to be at the birth of their child.

Whisper it quietly, but there are some who are happy to miss it.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr is not one of the latter. He knew his fiancee was going to give birth soon. But births are like the long bomb in the NFL. You never quite know when they're coming at you.

As it happened, she went into labor quite suddenly.

Carr rushed to be with her, but realized he wouldn't get there in time. He flew from LAX to Dallas, but, once at the airport, he knew he would be too late.

So what did he do? He whipped out his iPhone. Or, as ESPN describes it, his telephone.

Thanks to the glories of FaceTime, he was able to watch as his son Austin entered the world.

Perhaps you, like I, are wondering who held an iPhone in the delivery room so that Carr could observe the action.

This doesn't seem clear.

However, Carr told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "I saw everything I needed to see. I saw it all. Technology is wonderful these days. Sometimes you can't control what's going to happen. You've just got to go with the flow. I made the most of it."

We all have our own definitions of going with the flow.

I can only hope, though, that Carr's fiancee wasn't asked to hold the iPhone for a little while, as the medical staff went about their business.