Unexpected Hero

Special thanks to Mark Gentle who agreed to share his son’s story with us. The following photo was also shared with permission.


He was scarred.  He was scared.  And now, he’s a superhero.

Carter recently underwent open heart surgery to repair a problem with his heart he has had since he was born. The surgery left a large scar down the front of Carter’s chest, along the center of his ribcage.   When the bandages were removed, Carter was devastated by the marks on his chest. So, dad posted a picture of his son, asking friends and family to show their love and support for Carter and his new look.

Carter was born with the most common birth defect.  1 in 100 babies are born with congenital heart disease (CHD).  One third of those born with CHD will require life-saving intervention or heart surgery at least once during childhood.  That’s thousands of children, each year.

Carter was concerned that he was going to look different.  What he didn’t know was that his difference was going to make such a positive impact.  In a few short days, Carter’s picture has received more than 1 Million likes and more than 75,000 shares.

Carter, you are not alone in this journey.  Thank you for sharing your struggles and making one of the largest impacts in CHD awareness history!

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4 thoughts on “Unexpected Hero

  1. Crystal on said:

    My 9 yr old daughter is having her 5th open heart in June. She’s absolutely beautiful. I read a sign that said scars have better stories than tattoos. Also there is a group called “Rock Your Scar”. Check it out!! ✌️

  2. Shelly Carr on said:

    Carter, you are a very handsome boy and you should be proud of your scars! Please remember that the only perfect person to ever walk the earth has scars. His name is Jesus and he received those scars and died on that cross for you sweet boy. Be very proud of your scars and use them to give you courage for whatever comes your way!
    Best to you and your family,
    ~Shelly Carr
    Hendersonville, TN

  3. Kimmie on said:

    awwww, those aint nothing kiddo. they will fade in time and when youre older, you’ll realize chicks dig scars. makes you tough!

  4. Timothy on said:

    What a brave young man U are Carter. I commend you on your courage & you set an example 4 everybody of every age. When you get older remember: chicks dig scars