#1 A Young Fighter
Carter Gentle is 7 years old, and has already endured more at his young age this most will in their LIFETIME! He was born with a congenital heart defect which has required him to undergo 12 open heart surgeries so far. With that many surgeries, his body is completely scarred in the chest area…making him subconscious to remove his shirt out of fear he’d be made fun of..
#2 Battle Scars
“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,” his father, Mark Gentle posted. “This was hard to hear as a parent. We told him that his scars are beautiful and make him look like a superhero.”
#3 The Love Was Overwhelming
After posting this photo to his Facebook, Mark received over a MILLION likes – with strangers from around the world inspired by his young sons bravery. He activated FB alerts on his phone, and every time it would make a noise, Carter’s eyes would get big and he’d ask, ” Dad, is that for me again?’
#4 A Survivor
“His scars are what makes him him. They show everybody what he’s overcome and that he was stronger than the disease that tried to kill him. I’ve been able to explain to him that there’s a lot of people that have a lot of scars, and that you need to be proud of your scars,” said Gentle