Dad Comforts Baby During Shot Even Though He Hates Needles
Cailyn Finkel 11/7/2018
Like millions of other Americans, Antwon Lee is afraid of needles.So when his son Debias King was born, the Georgia father struggled to put his own fears aside. Antwon shuddered each time Debias was poked and prodded by doctors.
He used to watch helplessly as his son squirmed from the bright lights, cold latex and needle-related pain - but following the loss of his own dad, Antwon knew he had to toughen up...
Antwon's father passed away the same day as Debias' two-month checkup appointment and he was barely keeping it together. Even though the sight of the needle easily would've thrown him over the edge in the past, the opposite occurred that fateful day.
Antwon held his baby boy and comforted him as the nurse prepared his shot.
He told ABC News that watching his son in pain was one of the hardest things he ever had to endure - but it wasn't about his emotions. It was about making sure Debias felt at-ease.
"I felt his pain but at the same time, it was all about love. I know he felt the love because his daddy was there."
Even though Antwon's father just passed away, he was determined to make sure Debias felt the same strength his father instilled in him as a boy. A wave of calm washed over Antwon - he was the person his son turned to for stability and he wasn't going to mess that up.
Something about Antwon's gentle words soothed Debias' sobs.
"When I hold him and when I talk to him, he just sits there and listens... That night I [spoke] to my son -- he's only 2 months -- and I let him know: 'Son, I want to see you succeed before I die. I've got to see you succeed.'"
Antwon might not be around forever, but he'll make sure Debias knows how much he loves him! And hopefully, Debias won't have to fear needles like his father.