Meet "Ridiculously Good-looking Surgery Baby."
The Bravest Internet Sensation Around
Photo: Sarah Powling / Lowell Sun
Watch out Bruce Willis. At three months old, Joey Powling Jr. has already out-smirked the actor, and proven braver than any run-of-the-mill action hero.
The photo of the newborn, taken by his mom shortly after open-heart surgery, has become an Internet sensation.
After his uncle posted the picture to the community board, Reddit, baby Joey was crowned "ridiculously good-looking surgery baby" and his adorable mug was viewed by over 1 million people.
Joey's great-uncle, Dan Phelps, explains the serious side to the smirking baby photo...
"Joey Powling Jr. was born in July with a condition known as TOF, which is, basically, a hole in the heart (although there is more to it than that) …"
The photo was taken on October 30, five days after his successful surgery at Boston Children's Hospital, where pediatric cardiologists specialize in treating the rare disease.
"I took that photo because it was the first time they uncovered the whole scar," Joey's mom, Sarah, explains. "Joe was playing with him, and I just wanted to get a picture of the scar, and he started smiling."
The Powlings are hoping their son's story will raise awareness about the importance of pre-birth diagnosis. Having an immediate treatment plan from Joey's first day of life has been vital to his health. Obviously, the Powlings have a good system in place. Mom and dad take care of the health issues. Joey charms the pants off the world. Done.
Excerpt from: Shine from Yahoo