Scars are Beautiful: This Dad's Viral Post Helps Heal One Boy's Heartbreak Over His Scars

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After enduring five open-heart surgeries in the 7 years of life due to a congenital heart defect, Carter Gentle is no stranger to scars on his body. However, after the most recent surgery — an emergency procedure to repair the pacemaker he's had since being a newborn — Carter's dad, said his son looked into the mirror and sobbed over his scarred appearance. Wait ‘til you see what happened next!

However, after the most recent surgery — an emergency procedure to repair the pacemaker he's had since being a newborn — Carter's dad, said his son looked into the mirror and sobbed over his scarred appearance. Wait ‘til you see what happened next!

“He went down to the bathroom to look in the mirror and he just started sobbing. He said, 'People are going to think I'm ugly. My scars look horrible. He said, 'People are going to think I'm ugly. My scars look horrible.' As a parent, it just tears your heart out. As much as that kid's been through, the last thing I ever want him to worry about is scars," Gentle’s dad said. His dad was heartbroken

To help ease his son's concerns about his appearance, Gentle posted a photo of his son’s chest, scarred and lumpy from having his pacemaker relocated, on Facebook. "We told him that his scars are beautiful and make him look like a superhero. How many likes can Carter get for his bravery?" Gentle wrote. Initially, he thought only his Facebook friends would see the post and respond. He was shocked when the post climbed way beyond that to 5,000 to 50,000 to 200,000 likes on the first day. To encourage Carter, Gentle turned up the volume on his phone so his son could hear every beep – it was either a like or comment supporting his bravery. His son could hardly believe all those pings were for him! "You need to be proud of your scars," Carter's dad told him.

Gentle, who lives in Farmington, Maine with his wife, two daughters and Carter, is also helping to spread awareness for childhood congenital heart defects (CHD) with his song, Carter's Song, in which he tells the story of his son's illness.

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