A Hardworking Dad Refuses To Leave His Sick Son’s Side

Viral Photo Of Dad Asleep

An extreme asthma attack sent little AJ, the youngest of Andre and Amy Palmer’s 3 children, to the hospital. It was a terrifying and exhausting time for his loving parents, who both worked full-time in order to make ends meet. They spent every moment possible by their sick son’s side. Early one morning at the hospital, Amy awoke to find AJ’s devoted dad asleep in an unusual place. And when I heard where and why, my heart was in a puddle on the floor!

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Credit: Facebook / Andre and Amy Palmer

A Serious Asthma Attack

One and a half year old AJ has been battling asthma since he was an infant. During a particularly nasty attack, a doctors visit and breathing treatments failed at improving his ability to breathe. His oxygen levels dipped so low the poor boy was hospitalized.

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AJ in the hospital Credit: Facebook / Andre and Amy Palmer

It was agonizing for his parents to watch. Amy stayed with AJ at the hospital, while Andre made arrangements for the care of the other two children and then headed off to work.

Andre runs a corrugating machine for a packaging company. He’s assigned to the third shift, and was due to his job at 10pm. He spent the night worrying about his son, checking his phone frequently for updates.

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Andre and AJ Credit: Facebook

Once the long shift was finally over, Andre headed straight to the hospital so he could check on little AJ. It had been a long night for the little boy and Amy as well. So, both were sacked out when Andre arrived in the early morning.

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No Room At The Hospital

Andre was exhausted himself, but his wife was sleeping soundly in the only chair to be found in the small room. He knew she needed the rest, and didn’t want to bother the staff. As Andre saw it, they were there to tend to the needs of his sick son.

So, the devoted dad grabbed a spare pillow and lay down on the floor underneath AJ’s crib. He was careful to stay out of the way, should any of the nurses come to check on his son.

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When Amy awoke, her heart swelled at the sight of this loving dad asleep on the cold, hard tile. She knew Andre hadn’t wanted to disturb her, but still wanted to be close to his boy. She snapped a photo of the touching moment and posted it to Facebook, praising her hardworking husband for his dedication to his family.

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Needless to say, the beautiful moment promptly went viral!

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A Viral Sensation – Dad Asleep

The family has received such an outpouring of support that they have started a separate Facebook page, Andre and Amy Palmer, for all of the comments, prayers and friend requests. The kindness they’ve received from strangers has meant so much to AJ’s parents. They were even blessed with a brand new mattress from Tempur Sealy to replace the 30-year-old mattress currently on their bed!

But the best news is that little AJ is back home with his family and doing well!

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Credit: Amanda J. Cain / The York Dispatch

Sadly, his chronic asthma will always be an issue. But the unexpected love, prayers and support the Palmers have received from all around the world has been a true blessing.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

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h/t: Little Things