A photo of a father sleeping underneath his child’s hospital bed has captured the attention of hundreds of thousands.
Andre Palmer was photographed by his wife, Amy, 33, from York, Pennsylvania, as he rested beneath their son’s bed on Tuesday before posting it on Facebook. Their son, who is only 20 months old, has asthma and required hospitalization, according to local media outlets.
Amy Palmer explained the nuances of the photo.
“This is a picture of a hard working man dedicated to his family,” she wrote, adding that after working all night, “he’s right here with his son who is in the hospital. He’s so tired but he’s here!
“Father of the year award goes to Andre Palmer!!! I love you more than words baby,” she added.
After her photo was shared thousands of times on Facebook and garnered nationwide media attention, Palmer elaborated on Thursday.
“I took the picture because I thought what a selfless thing for my husband to do. He could have went home after work, he could have asked me to get up,” Palmer explained.
She added some background. “The room our son was in was so small there was literally enough room for the crib and a chair that turned into a bed,” she said.
“I didn’t leave him there,” Palmer noted, “I quickly got him up into the bed/chair I was sleeping in, but not before taking the picture that I felt spoke volumes about the good person, husband, and father he truly is.”
She said her son is now feeling much better and is home resting.
“I am so overwhelmed with so much emotion right now. I just want to take a minute to thank everyone who reached out to us whether by sharing the story, commenting, or sending messages. I appreciate all of the prayers and thoughts,” Palmer said.