Marine sees son walk for the first time
Happy homecoming for American hero
- Duration 6:08
- Date May 14, 2012
Happy homecoming for American hero
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Welcome back everyone diagnosed with cerebral palsy doctors told seven year old Michael Cooney he would.
Never want on his own but the world witnessed a miracle when Michael's father Jeremy returned from.
Michael defied the doctors greeting his dad on his own two feet.
Am honored to have my guest this morning that proud father staff sergeant Jeremy -- his son Michael sitting next to him and the rest of the coming family.
Good morning morning -- wow what an emotional story we've seen so many of these home -- happen.
But I think this one got to people so much more because this is such an incredible feat that -- -- -- and they kept at all surprised when it.
They did and I had no -- haven't whenever.
Whenever I got home looking normal homecoming commander of the family get your stuff go home and -- life and he.
Cameras -- walk and has.
Never expected it didn't have clothes we'll have.
The amazing thing when we're just showing the video.
Is that Michael who cannot form words to speak to -- just that the reaction on his face watching himself.
He had a huge smile as he -- I know he can communicate with you and -- -- an iPad sort of a piece of equipment it's what.
Hasn't been able to tell you about this them.
They using the -- multi can formed small sentences -- -- and stuff like that.
The as far as expressing himself do you get that in his actions and gestures.
When he when he -- S grain.
He was walking -- -- for the first time you can tell by the look on his face that he knew that did you suddenly he -- he was pretty proud of himself.
It was an amazing moment -- you.
Were behind all of this and you had worked with Michael along with a therapist to get and this point or other children and the other children.
To keep it a surprise from your husband that's how did you do that in the world of technology now where you're speaking to him -- you -- FaceBook pages and the secret might have gotten a you don't post it you don't put videos up you don't put status is -- You buy H -- -- come on the -- so you don't let it slip up.
So how soon after Jeremy -- gone seven months did this accomplishment start to take place -- about.
Two to three months he certainly that's -- stand up on his own and then he figured out how to take a step -- and you -- everybody encouraged him and that's when he went further improve the so let me go to the kids over here because I don't know how you guys did how did you keep such a big secret let me start with Logan.
My friend got about him walking in and then.
I guess -- -- -- -- never happened.
So when you spoke to your dad he would say how's Michael -- and you would just come up with something else right.
Now what about you Mariah.
Tell them they talk about something else.
-- -- And listen -- I just think about different things to say to him.
-- me telling me not something that you guys are doing in school.
Jeremy -- while the streets -- button and I have found.
Had no clue.
-- I can't imagine as a mom of five children at home without your husband and then to have a child with special needs as well.
It's what kept you going.
Being here for them and he's.
Doing what I need to do.
We should tell it to keep just in the two year old occupied he has my Blackberry -- -- a picture of my puppy and now if he's making phone calls and people.
Are talking to him that's what's going on right Justin.
The so where do you plan to to go now are you.
Home for a short period of time I'm home for the next 23 years serving as an instructor there Camp Lejeune North Carolina.
-- I have to go back to the point forces -- for now it's.
Catch up -- some family time we lose whenever we're going overseas and stuff and say we're Rocco goes from here.
We'll see what's next storm he's gain in every day and in different areas his school and everything -- also depend on where he goes from here.
-- -- military -- will go after that.
Let's -- understand that there was another milestone that has happened since Jeremy came home in December with my my -- He is able to read we discover that the teachers let us know that.
You help look thorough book in -- go to the picture and then held what's the word on the dotted box and speaks the word and he's -- -- books.
Now what has your experience in New York City been like because still frescoes restaurant which is right across the street from his hair was so overwhelmed by your story.
That they treated -- to a dinner last night.
How was that Anheuser experience in New York -- Then great -- The -- present excellent last night -- Not to place where normally can afford to go to its so for the and that is that that was great now want to thank them for giving our -- an opportunity to go.
And his New York we've looked around to different sides Hussein's resolved -- -- -- so it's been a great experience and thank you all for bringing us here and let this.
And I know -- you said if Michael had not been able to accomplish the feat of walking would have never been able to come to New York City.
What's the message that you want to get out to our viewers.
With Mike just there's always hope.
You know for doctor says you're never going to walk and they don't have an X ray you know Alicia was abruptly or something it doesn't mean that -- never walk let the child decide.
How far he wants to go and what he wants -- conference.
It was an amazing piece of video thank you so much for your service Jeremy thank you and to the rest of the family for all the help you did in making this dream come true -- that.
What special homecoming thanks for being Americans thank you and to.