A marine from North Carolina received a memorable welcome from his son, who suffers from cerebral palsy, when the boy walked towards him on his own for the first time.
When Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooney was deployed to Afghanistan, his son was only 6-years-old and he could not walk. And, while he was away, he had no idea that his boy was learning how to walk.
The tear-inducing video was shared by his wife, Melissa Cooney, on a website for surprise military homecomings, welcomehomeblog.com. She said:
“When my husband left on his deployment, our 6-year-old son could not walk on his own. He has cerebral palsy. Doctors originally said that he would never walk or do much of anything. While daddy was away, he learned to walk. For his homecoming, we set it up for Michael to walk to his daddy for the first time ever! We kept the fact that he could walk a secret the whole time his dad was gone!”
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In the video below, Sgt. Cooney watched in awe as his son slowly walked towards him in a gym. When his son was already within arm’s reach, Cooney grabbed him and they shared a long hug.
On the other hand, Melissa, along with their three other children, held welcome home banners and later joined in the hug.