Heartwarming homecoming: Marine sees son walk for first time
Michael Cooney defies the odds
- Duration 5:48
- Date May 13, 2012
Michael Cooney defies the odds
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Something one US marine will never forget and neither will you after you see it.
After traveling thousands of miles from Afghanistan for a reunion with his -- staff sergeant -- company.
And -- getting the surprise of a lifetime doctors had said his son Michael who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Would never walk.
So imagine -- shock when he saw this.
That is your daddy right there.
The Kennedy family joins us this morning.
Wow welcome guys -- -- -- -- video what a great moment is Louis.
You know before we get to how you're feeling sergeant at that moment I just wanna say that we -- -- -- very heartwarming.
Family reunions with soldiers were returning to its usually the soldier's surprise -- China opposes it not the other way around Melissa how did you.
Make this surprise happened for your hands.
But -- it's it was a lot of work for him I mean he came along way to do what it was heated in your son but -- yeah.
He worked hard to want to walk on them how long did it -- Michael.
I'd say he worked after about 45 months and got it down -- where he could you know walk a good amount.
So for four or five months you knew that you wanted to surprise her husband how did you keep it is surprising yourself you could -- It was hard is ahead -- and make sure I didn't post videos on FaceBook of him walking -- status updates there.
That kind of thing and I had to tell family they couldn't post the.
Including all of you guys Mariah Melissa at -- how did you guys keep a secret from you that.
To a nice.
-- -- You.
Must have been -- shall -- So sorry.
What I got there thank saying that you yeah you see that in -- can't raise incredible -- that since arguing.
Tell us about that moment when you came home what -- you expecting.
I was expecting a normal homecoming coming and found my family giving hugs and kisses as -- -- He -- here you go home and and go back to normal life and the last thing I expected was to see him come around that's -- and his -- on -- -- -- At that moment.
You can't describe it is their -- -- More for the -- -- -- period.
Heartwarming that's so beautiful it's so.
Beautiful and and you -- and an equally surprising because doctors had led you to believe that that wasn't going to be possible.
It's as true we we've gone through a couple of surgeries and lots of physical therapy and stuff trying to get to a point where he could use the assistance of -- walker.
And -- that walker go -- -- 1015 -- be -- take himself to the kitchen -- will be able to news to his own manager deploy with his own -- -- Never expected to be able to wall.
-- on his own and now he doesn't use the walk her partly at all thinking.
He goes everywhere with his classmates at school and everywhere else -- go out on the playground play it's great.
That is so great and are you surprised sergeant that.
Not only your wife but your children.
Were able to keep this secret from you -- that.
Talk to long phone we don't want to -- -- into.
You don't FaceBook and have a video chat when my -- and -- always keep the camera hidden in -- -- -- -- He would be walking around the side and stuff and I never got to say she -- -- but yeah its total surprise.
That's great and and Logan was a hard to talk your dad -- to keep a secret from him.
And not really -- just pretend it and name them brother I never could walk and pretend that -- never happened.
That's that's a good way to handle the -- So Melissa there have been other milestones for Michael as well.
Yes his teacher recently informed us that he can read.
The do reading test with his -- box so they can ask -- questions and he can find things on the box and push the button.
Since so wonderful and -- what is the future for you now.
Currently -- so moved from a deploying units and on the phone unit going to be certainly -- destructive the next several years and then.
23 years from now go back reform forces going on Monroe -- -- -- long way Michael.
You know model they're out there and I'll tell word he's gonna go next we're working on.
More more independent personalities walk and able to move around and as -- Seeing where he goes from here and then wolf adjust my military career to fit his neat.
Has gone just.
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Justin you're gonna love it trust and -- are gonna love it it has great juice boxes there.
So out violent thank all of you guys -- A list that just did -- -- in net Michael.
And staffs should check brittney and Melissa -- you guys are your story is so wonderful and so -- but can pick and he's -- -- Up up up right there because that is great guys thanks so much for coming up a -- -- thank you really appreciate it.