Heartwarming photo of devoted dad goes viral

A picture says a thousands words.

Especially in the case of Andre Palmer, a dad in York, Pennsylvania, who has inadvertently warmed the hearts of thousands.

Amy Palmer, 33, Andre’s wife, posted a picture of him sleeping under their son’s hospital bed Tuesday.

Their son — just 20 months old — has bad asthma.

“He had an asthma attack over the weekend,” Amy Palmer told CNN. “It wouldn’t break, so I took him to the hospital.”

The child was admitted to York Hospital’s Pediatric wing on Monday evening.

Andre Palmer, 31, works the third shift at a manufacturing company. He worked all night Monday, preventing him from being there when his son went into the hospital.

But Amy Palmer was pleasantly surprised the next morning.

“When I woke up Tuesday morning, he was there,” she said. “He was sleeping under the crib.”

The image has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook, leaving Amy Palmer pretty shocked. But she says the gesture is typical of her husband.

“I thought, oh my gosh, that’s so wonderful,” she said, “He’s all about our kids and our family.”


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WATCH: 7-year-old amputee defies odds, trains for a 5K

7-year-old Katie Eddington loves swimming, running, basketball and soccer. Her favorite animal is a horse. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate.

By all accounts, Katie is a normal little girl. But Katie has a superpower: She has a special leg.

The accident

Katie was injured in a lawnmower accident in October 2013.

“I had just left to go to work,” said Katie’s mother, Samanatha Eddington. “My husband (Russell Eddington) was finishing mowing the yard.”

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7-year-old amputee trains for a 5K

Katie Eddington, 7, lost her leg in 2013 after a lawnmower accident and is currently training for her first 5K.

Katie, 4 at the time, was in the house initially, but she went outside.

“She slipped and fell on the grass,” Eddington said.

Russell never saw her. He ran over her right leg.

“The majority of the injury was right at and just above the knee,” Eddington said. “She lost some muscle and some bone.”

Katie endured 16 surgeries in the first 30 days after the accident.

For the next 2½ years, the Eddingtons exhausted their options. They took Katie to physical therapy, they took her to different hospitals, they even set up an obstacle course in their backyard in Georgetown, Kentucky, to help with her rehabilitation.

Eventually, though, “We hit a wall,” Eddington said. “Her leg was not growing.”

The decision

In July 2015, the Eddington’s decided to have doctors amputate Katie’s leg.

The decision wasn’t easy.

“I wanted her to keep her leg,” Eddington said, “But I knew her life would be better.”

They were worried removing her leg would damage her naturally happy spirit.

“That was not a life lesson I wanted her to learn at 5,” Eddington said. “That was one of the hardest things for me.”

But the chance at giving Katie a life without a leg that caused her problems was better than other options.

“I did what my heart told me to do,” Eddington said.

Katie had a total of 22 surgeries after her accident; her last was in December 2015, when doctors amputated.

Since, she hasn’t had a single problem.

The will to keep going

Thanks to Katie’s invincible attitude and her will to improve, she was walking within two days of her operation, exceeding the hospital’s expectation by three days.

The Eddington’s found Katie a prosthesis in Orlando through a nonprofit called “Limbs Matter,” an organization that hopes to spread awareness about lawn mower-related injuries and how to prevent them.

Katie has always been a very happy person, even before her accident, and she continues to be.

“There’s a little spark about her,” Eddington said.

That spark pushes her to stay curious and competitive despite her physical challenges.

“She is able to comprehend things that are beyond her.”

Her family has also been hugely supportive on her road to recuperation.

“I’ll ask her ‘What can you do that someone else can’t?’ ” Eddington said. “If you have a weaker leg, you’re going to have really strong arms.”

After that she found Katie in her room doing pushups.

Now she’s training to run a 5K at the end of August. She is already running 2 to 3 miles with her special blade.

But why a 5K? Why running?

True to her life motto of perseverance, Katie said, “I just want to try!”

This story was originally reported by CNN affiliate WKYT.

2015: The year in entertainment news

— The year’s biggest entertainment headlines were somewhat grim this year, as a famed comedian fell from grace and a young star died tragically.

Caitlyn Jenner

One star still shining, albeit in a whole new light, is Caitlyn Jenner.

“Call me Caitlyn” — the words printed across the July issue of Vanity Fair magazine — presented Caitlyn, formerly Bruce, gracing the cover, looking remarkably different. Jenner came out officially as transgender this summer after rumors swelled about her gender.

Jenner was the winner of ESPN’s prestigious Arthur Ashe award, and during her acceptance speech she said she hoped to “reshape the landscape of how trans issues are viewed.”

While Jenner took on new beginnings — others were saying goodbye.

Late night TV shakeup

David Letterman filmed his last episode of “The Late Show” in May, retiring after 33 years of making people laugh.

He kept it short and sweet, offering a simple goodbye: “That’s pretty much all I got. … Thank you and goodnight.”

Fellow funny man Jon Stewart parted ways with “The Daily Show” after 16 years, making way for a new host, Trevor Noah.

Brian Williams

Some changes also occurred at “NBC Nightly News,” after Brian Williams was suspended without pay for six months after embellishing a story about a helicopter mission during the Iraq War.

Williams returned to air in September as a breaking news anchor for MSNBC.

Lester Holt took Williams’ place on “Nightly News.”

Bill Cosby

Another reputation took a drastic turn this year: Bill Cosby’s.

Dozens of women came forward, accusing Cosby, 78, of sexual misconduct over the years, causing his image to plummet from that of a lovable, fatherlike figure to an alleged sexual predator.

One of Cosby’s most notable accusers is model Janice Dickinson, 60, who says Cosby drugged and raped her.

Josh Duggar

Josh Duggar of the reality TV family “The Duggars” was also accused of sexual misconduct, as reports surfaced that he’d molested girls as a teenager — including his sisters.

He was also outed as one of the 32 million people who used the cheating website Ashley Madison.

He later apologized in a statement saying, “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever.”

Charlie Sheen

Actor Charlie Sheen, 50, volunteered some personal news this year, admitting he was HIV-positive on NBC’s “Today” show last month. Sheen told NBC’s Matt Lauer he was unsure how he contracted the virus.

Bobbi Kristina Brown

A young life ended tragically this year when Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died six months after being found unresponsive in her Atlanta home.

“Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family,” a family statement said. “She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.” She was 22 years old.

May the force be with you

As for the good news? The “Star Wars” franchise returns to theaters this year with “The Force Awakens” — literally awakening the force of millions of serious fans.

The movie is set to hit theaters December 18.