Baby Survives Open Heart Surgery and Fame as Ridiculously Good Looking
Baby Joey is only three months old, but already he is becoming world famous.
Not only has the tot survived open heart surgery to close a hole in his heart, he is also fast becoming known as the ridiculously good looking baby thanks to a photo which has appeared online.
According to Yahoo News, the photo was taken on October 30, five days after his 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.”
Almost one million individuals who have seen Joey’s photo, complete with his chest scar from recent heart surgery, have commented on his good looks and how he appears to be a miniature version of handsome actor Bruce Willis.
One Reddit user wrote:
“He’s absolutely adorable. I’m so glad the surgery went good! My lil one has a whole in her heart and noncompaction to the left vertical vaule. We take her bck n forth to the hrt Dr but nothin has changed. Their still sayn she might hve to hve surgery and she’s 5 now and they noticed the hrt condition when she was 9 months old. Its been a rollacoaster ride ever since..”
Although Joey’s parents, Joe and Sarah Powling, are flattered by the amount of attention being paid to the child’s appearance, they are using his growing fame to draw attention to his condition, known as TOF (Tetralogy of Fallot).
In an essay published in the Lowell Sun on Monday, 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 Tetralogy of Fallot, or TOF, which is, basically, a hole in the heart (although there is more to it than that) …Luckily, Joey was diagnosed while my niece, Sarah Powling of Dracut, was pregnant, and a plan was put in place to deal with the problem. That plan included open-heart surgery when he was three months old.”
The couple is planning on having bracelets made with the dual messages of “Don’t turn blue, have a clue” and “Joey hearts you” imprinted on them.