Arkansas soldier heading to Iraq gets to be home for birth of 3 girls - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Arkansas soldier heading to Iraq gets to be home for birth of 3 girls

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi for a tour of duty in Iraq kept Matthew Cain of Little Rock, Arkansas away from his wife Shannon for the past two months.

But it didn't keep him from being at the hospital when Shannon Cain gave birth to triplet girls last week.

Matthew Cain, who holds the rank of specialist in the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade, has been in training at Camp Shelby since early January.

The 39th is set to embark on its second deployment to Iraq this month.

Matthew Cain says he was "blown away" after the girls were delivered Tuesday by Caesarean section at Baptist Medical Center.

The couple has named the babies Angelene Marie, Brooklynn Renee and Christianne Elizabeth. They're being cared for in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

Matthew was granted emergency leave after the American Red Cross contacted his unit with news of the impending births.

He drove all night in a rental car through rainstorms and heavy winds and arrived while his wife was being prepped for surgery.

Family members said they plan to document as much of the girls' growth as possible while Matthew is gone. He has set up Web cams to visit with them over the Internet.

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