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‘Ridiculously Good-looking Surgery Baby’ Becomes Internet Sensation

Ridiculously Good-Looking Surgery Baby Inspires Millions

Joey Powling Jr. has been called “ridiculously good-looking surgery baby” and “a baby Bruce Willis,” but he is more than just that. The three-month-old is also tough, having survived open-heart surgery at such a young age.

More than a million people around the country and world have viewed the good-looking baby’s photo, commenting on how incredibly cute he is, reports The Lowell Sun.

Little Joey Powling Jr. was born in July with a condition called Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). It is essentially a hole in the heart, though it is more complicated than that.

The ridiculously-good looking baby was diagnosed with the heart defect when his mother, Sarah Powling, was pregnant with him. Because of the early diagnosis, both parents and surgeons were able to put a plan in place to solve the problem.

Joey underwent open-heart surgery on October 25 at Boston Children’s hospital. While the surgery was successful, the baby and his parents still have a long road ahead.

The baby boy’s mother took a photo of her son five days after the surgery of Joey with a smile on his face and a large incision on his chest and stomach, which ended just above his belly button.

Matt Tassone, Joey’s uncle, posted the photo on Reddit with the caption, “My 3month-old nephew just had openheart surgery. Chicks dig scars, right?”

Someone has since captioned the photo “ridiculously good-looking surgery baby” and the photo has been posted on imgur.com and quickmeme.com.

Yahoo! News notes that one fan of the cute baby boy wrote, “What a legend,” while another said, “That baby is manlier than me.” But the photo means more than a simple photo meme on the internet. His mother explained her reasoning for taking the picture, saying:

“I took that photo because it was the first time they uncovered the whole scar. Joe was playing with him, and I just wanted to get a picture of the scar, and he started smiling.”

The baby’s great-uncle, Dan Phelps, wrote of the response:

“Sarah was at first a little taken aback by the attention Joey received online, but she and [her husband] Joe are now tickled by it.”

They are also hoping that the good-looking baby’s photo will help raise awareness for TOF. Most children affected by the disease require surgery in the first six months of their life followed by a lifetime of monitoring and medication. Additional surgery is sometimes required.

The Powlings are hoping that the “ridiculously good-looking surgery baby” will help raise awareness about how important pre-birth diagnoses can be. Thanks to the immediate treatment plan from the first day of Joey’s birth has been crucial to his health.

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24 Responses to “‘Ridiculously Good-looking Surgery Baby’ Becomes Internet Sensation”

  1. Anonymous

    God bless any kid having to deal with any illness including this one. As far as looks, yea he's a good looking kid. A ridiculously good looking kid he's not unless mrbean is hot. I know you're all trying to be nice, but be honest too.

  2. Anonymous

    Get better soon, prayers to you little guy from everyone round the world!

  3. Tin Man Flynn

    Cardiac kids are amazing fighters and this photo is just another great example of that! Our little one has had three operations this year to correct his defect. So glad you shared this with us. Go Joey!

  4. Tanty Pfeiff

    what a cute smile… specially after the surgery, get better soon little Joey!

  5. Anonymous

    Wish him the Best. By the looks of him – Looks well beyond his Age (May be because cutie knew as to what he went under!

  6. Jordan Lee Hansen

    They didn't make any money from this. And so what if they did? It would help pay for a surgery that was without a doubt thousands and thousands of dollars. He looks very loved and happy. Happier than you anyways. You seem like a pretty sad person Pat.

  7. Jordan Lee Hansen

    They didn't make any money from this. And so what if they did? It would help pay for a surgery that was without a doubt thousands and thousands of dollars. He looks very loved and happy. Happier than you anyways. You seem like a pretty sad person Pat.

  8. Flavie Léonard

    I've also had open-heart surgery as a baby, 4 months old to be exact. It's a long road to recovery, but regardless I'm 21 today and very healthy! I can see that this little boy has the energy to pull trhrew and I'm sure he will live a happy and healthy life. I also have the same scar and it barely shows today. =)