Texting mix-up leads to delivery room friendship

Posted at 9:23 PM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 00:23:22-04

It all started with a wrong number.

Deorick Williams was inadvertently looped into a group text about the birth of a baby boy, only he didn’t know anyone on the chain of celebratory messages filling up his phone.

When he alerted the group of strangers that they had sent the texts to the wrong person, they quickly apologized for the mix-up.

But the story didn’t end there. Williams decided he wanted to meet the proud parents and asked if the family wouldn’t mind visitors at Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge, Georgia.

"We have gifts," Williams texted the group.

The series of texts have since gone viral after Williams shared screenshots of his conversations on social media.

Williams said he and his brother brought diapers, pacifiers and baby bottles to the new parents, Mark and Lindsey Lashley. The family welcomed the Williams brothers into their hospital room and seemed touched by the gesture.

"We had a great time," Williams told ABC News. "I was invited already, so I thought I might as well go. And why not bring gifts?"

A family friend shared a picture of the brothers on Facebook and wrote: "You 2 are great guys and thank you for giving to someone you don't know!"