Making a trip to the physician for routine vaccinations can be a little scary, and one Georgia dad has garnered much attention for comforting his baby while enduring the daunting experience of his very first shots.
Antwon King Lee recently took his 2-month-old son to the pediatrician, and he encouraged him throughout the entire ordeal.
While the nurse prepped the little one for the big needle, he repeatedly told the child to stay strong.
“Take it like a champ,” Lee said on a video, which was recorded by his girlfriend. “I know you’re going to cry, but it’s okay to cry. You’re going to be okay.”
Sure enough the infant screamed and wailed as the medic stuck him twice in his left thigh and once in his right. But his father never let him go.
“I feel you, man,” Lee said to his youngster, showering him with kisses as he weeped. “Daddy loves you! Man, I know!”
After the vaccinations were done, Lee picked up the newborn to console him, and he stopped sobbing within seconds.
The Warrenton native uploaded the recording to his Facebook page about a week ago, and it quickly went viral. It has been viewed more than 15 million times. About 127,000 people have reacted to it, and more than 200,000 have shared it.
“I felt the pain he was going through! At that moment, there was pressure, but at the same time, it was beautiful,” Lee explained to People when reflecting on the viral moment.
The first-time dad, however, didn’t immediately share on social media that his father died the same day of his son’s appointment.
“I was very emotional. I was the baby son, I was very close to him,” Lee said. “But I don’t deal with good or bad days, I deal with peaceful days. I deal with peaceful days,so I know my dad is in a peaceful place.”
Lee is now teaching his son many of the same lessons he learned as a kid.
“I talked to him like a grown up. I let him know there will be a day I’m going to have to die, I’m going to have to leave this world,” he says. “I told him, before I leave, want to see him succeed. I want to see him succeed before I die, that’s all I want.”
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