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A Dad Asked Facebook To Help His Son Feel Better About His Surgery Scars But Never Expected This

Strangers from all over the world are now letting a little boy know that his open-heart surgery scars are beautiful.

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Mark Gentle's son Carter was born with a congenital heart defect that has so far required a total of five open-heart surgeries. The seven-year-old's most recent surgery was to repair the pacemaker he's had since he was an infant.

Gentle asked Facebook, "how many likes can Carter get for his bravery?"

#CHDAWARENESS We were a little apprehensive to post this but I feel it's important. Carter took his bandages off this morning. He cried for 45 minutes when he saw his scars. He said that he's afraid people will think he is ugly. This was hard to hear as a parent. We told him that his scars are beautiful and make him look like a superhero. How many likes can Carter get for his bravery?! Feel free to share. #CartersSong #HeartHeroes #CHD

Gentle said many have told him that Carter's picture helped their own child suffering from similar surgery scars. "Their scars simply show that they are stronger than the disease that tried to kill them," he said.

Gentle, a musician based in Maine, actually recorded a song for his son a few years ago which people have started sharing after his son's photo went viral.

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