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Dad Makes G-Tube To Match Son, Picture Goes Viral (Photo)

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A father is being praised on social media for an Instagram post he made in support of his 3-year-old son who has a congenital heart defect. 

Robert Selby posted a photo of himself and his young son, Chace, on Instagram on May 23, according to Fox News.

Chace was born with a congenial heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot, which requires him to use a G-tube, a device that is inserted into the abdomen and transfers nutrients to the stomach.

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In the photo, Chace is shown with his G-tube, standing next to his father, who is wearing his own makeshift tube to support his son.

"I just cut and glued one of his G-tube on me to show support for him and bring awareness," Robert writes in the caption. 

"My son was born with a Congenital Heart Defect called Tetralogy of Fallot and he uses a Feeding-Tube to help with him being under weight due to him not eating orally as much since he was a baby," he adds. "But as long as I'm breathing, I'll always support my son and he'll never be in a fight alone."

According to the American Heart Association, tetralogy of Fallot is a condition that has four separate heart defects. Those affected suffer from "a hole between the lower chambers of the heart" and "an obstruction from the heart to the lungs." Additionally, the aorta, a main heart vessel, obstructs the heart's lower chambers and the muscle surrounding the lower right chamber becomes overly thickened. As a result, the heart pumps our oxygen-poor blood, meaning the body is not properly oxygenated.

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Children born with the condition will often appear blue. The condition requires surgery, reports Fox News. Chace has undergone two open-heart surgeries since he was born.

Robert's post garnered more than 8,900 likes in three days. It was reposted by the popular Instagram account @miraclesandmesses, which posts photos of inspirational people and messages. The repost, which had the caption "shout out to the amazing fathers," had more than 118,000 likes. 

"This was actually a picture from a year ago,” Selby told the "Today Show." "I did this same photo every year from when he was 6 months old, way back.

Last year, he asked me, ‘Why do I have a G-tube?’ and I told him it’s because he’s so strong, because he’s Superman. He’s Super Chace. I told him he’s stronger than Daddy, and he said, ‘But you’re Super Dad,’ so I said OK, and I put a G-tube on me, too."

Sources: Fox News, Today Show, American Heart Association / Photo credit: Maeka Alexis/FlickrRobert Selby/Instagram

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