A photo of an elderly man holding his infant grandson is going viral for a heartwarming reason.
The photo, taken by Sunshine Moody Photography, shows 11-month-old Kolbie Gregware studying the face of his grandfather, Alan Halstead.
Kolbie’s mom, Brandy Gregware says her father has been through a lot.
“My dad has had two open heart surgeries, 18 stents, pacemaker, defoliator, arty disease, diabetic, massive stroke, too many to count mini heart attacks and has 10% heart function,” Gregware wrote on Facebook.
He was recently treated in Atlanta for his heart problems.
“They were able to put him a medicine that helps his heart beat a little stronger. Once the medicine is no longer effective we will be saying our goodbyes,” wrote Gregware.
Little Kolbie has also had a difficult start to his life. He suffers from a heart defect, pulmonary vein stenosis, pulmonary hypertension, chronic lung disease, kidney disease and Down Syndrome.
Gregware explained that the past few months have been difficult, because often both are in the hospital at the same time. Sometimes, they don’t know whether they will come home, but the experience has bonded the grandfather and grandson together.
“I sit and watch my dad hold Kolbie for hours and they chat about their matching zippers!!” wrote Gregware. “You can definitely see the love and bond these two miracle fighters have in this picture!!”
She asked Sunshine Moody Photography to capture the special bond between them.
“I say this with tears in my eyes,” wrote Gregware. “My dad’s life is slowly ending and my son’s is just beginning… I will cherish this amazing picture for the rest of my life.”