Watch as This Marine Returns Home to See His Disabled Son Walk for the First Time

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Apr 8, 2015   |   12:13PM   |   Washington, DC

In December 2014, Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooney returned from Afghanistan and was greeted with a huge surprise from his six-year-old son, Michael. Michael has Cerebral Palsy and his parents were told that he would never be able to walk. However, while Jeremy was gone Michael worked with his teachers and his mother, Melissa, and ultimately defied the odds.

This video below is footage of Jeremy’s return home and his reaction to seeing his son walk for the first time. Jeremy described what the experience was like with NBC News. He said, “I can’t describe it. It was years in the making just trying to get him limited mobility with surgery and a walker. It’s probably one of the happiest moments of my life.”


Watch these inspirational videos to learn more about Michael’s story!