Two-year-old Roman Dinkel was diagnosed with spina bifida, a defect in an embryo’s developing spine, after an ultrasound at 20 weeks.
“We just expected to hear the normal things — this is the size of the head, this is the size of his feet, all those fun things, but what we heard was he had extra fluid on his brain and extra fluid on his spine,” Roman’s mother Whitney Dinkel said.
Despite the odds, his parents were determined to persevere. Roman actually had an operation before he was born to increase his chances of being able to walk.
“I had to let him fall a few times so he’d know I wouldn’t be there to catch him, and he had to learn how to catch himself,” Whitney said.
But one he finally got the hang of it. His mom Whitney Dinkel took video on her phone as Roman put one foot in front of the other and followed the family dog down a carpeted hallway.
“Look Maggie,” Roman told the cockapoo, giggling with delight. “I walking.”
Whitney posted the heartwarming video to Roman’s Facebook page, and it immediately went viral. Within one week, the 7-second clip had 22 million views and comments from thousands of people who said Roman made their day.
“If you haven’t seen that video go watch it,” tweeted Jordyn Day. “Then after you’re done crying, watch it again.”
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