A dad’s hilariously cute doctor visit with his son went viral for all the right reasons.

World, meet Debias.

Photo courtesy of Antwon Lee.

He's a little guy from Georgia currently making the internet swoon.


Debias and his dad, Antwon Lee, have been best buds since Debias was born this past August.

Photo courtesy of Antwon Lee.

Sometimes dads need to put being "best buds" on the back burner, though, and put on their parenting caps instead.

Like last month, when it was time for Debias to get his vaccinations.

Photo courtesy of Antwon Lee.

A video of Antwon and Debias at the doctor's office — filled with lots of laughs, tears, and hugs — has gone viral. And it's no wonder why.

"We're going to get these shots; I want you to look at me now," Antwon reassures his son in the video, giving Debias an encouraging pep talk. "You're gonna be good."

The video captures a candid, vulnerable moment between a father and son: "I know you're gonna cry," Antwon tells him. "But it's OK to cry. It'll be OK. It's OK to cry."

The heartwarming video turns to mostly laughs at about the 1:20 mark, though, when the actual injections begin. "Man, I know, man!" Antwon says, hugging a shrieking Debias. "Are you videotaping this?" the medical professional says, laughing. "I hope you are."  

Antwon posted the private moment to Facebook after the doctor's visit. But a friend, recognizing how great the video truly was, encouraged him to change the settings on Facebook so the public could see it.

The tender moment took off, amassing nearly 15 million views as of Nov. 2. "Good Morning America" featured the video on its Facebook page as well, garnering Antwon and Debias lots of positive attention.

"I didn’t expect it to blow up like this, to be honest with you," Antwon explains. "I didn’t even know [my girlfriend] was videoing it.”

The response to the video has been overwhelming and amazing, Antwon says, especially from fathers.

Strangers — many of them fathers themselves — have reached out to him, telling him how encouraging it was to see a vulnerable dad and his emotional son experiencing the tears that come with those early doctor visits together.  

The comments section of the video was filled with love for the two of them, with some users praising Antwon's ability to be an emotionally supportive dad when his son needed it most. It's refreshing for many users, it seems, to see a dad tell his son it's OK to cry.

Photo courtesy of Antwon Lee.

“It feels peaceful," Antwon, a first-time dad, says of fatherhood. "It’s been beautiful. I got me a beautiful, peaceful baby."

And even though the world now knows Debias as a tearful baby in a doctor's office, ironically, crying is a rarity around the house, Antwon notes. "He don't cry unless he wants his ball," the dad says with a laugh.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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Images courtesy of John Scully, Walden University, Ingrid Scully
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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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