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Iron Man: Dad Builds Costume To Help Sick Infant Son Feel Brave

Tue, November 11, 2014 9:57am EDT by Lauren Cox Add first Comment

How sweet! One awesome dad handmade his son an ‘Iron Man’ costume for him to wear on Halloween in the hospital, hoping it would make the sick infant feel brave. Click inside to WATCH.

Eric Hart, 35, wanted his premature infant son to be able to enjoy his first Halloween just like any other child. Since the little infant, Collier, had spent his entire life in the hospital as he battles other medical issues aside from being a premie, his father built him the perfect costume to help him find his strength: Iron Man.

Iron Man: Dad Makes Foam Costume For Infant Son In Hospital

This will definitely warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.

For Halloween, Eric had a brilliant idea for his son’s first Halloween: I’m going to make him a costume that makes him feel brave.

Collier, a 4-month-old infant who was born premature and has spent his entire life in the hospital, is also fighting other medical issues, his father told the Today Show. It’s unclear how long it will be before he is finally able to go home with his parents.

As a professional prop maker, Eric decided on Iron Man because “he’s been hooked up to all those machines and wires, and that’s similar to what Iron Man went through.”

He found a pattern online and made a paper version, then created an identical foam version that was “baby sized.”

“We thought we’d dress him up and take some pictures for the grandparents, the family and some friends. I figured I’d put the little mask on top of him just long enough to take a picture.”

The end result? An adorable infant baby boy looking and feeling stronger than ever in his red-and-yellow onesie along with a soft, foam mask that left plenty of room for Collier to be comfortable.

Eric Wants His Son To Have As Normal A Life As Possible

Despite the fact that Collier faces years of medical treatments, Eric has embraced the fact that this is his family’s “new normal.” That’s why it was important for his son to celebrate his first Halloween, even if he had no idea what was really happening.

“Even though we’re in the hospital, we’re trying to do everything that a regular family would do and celebrate all the holidays,” Eric explained.

“When he’s older, he’ll be able look back and hopefully see that his parents have basically been giving him a normal life ever since he started. We never thought of him as an interruption over this medical thing.”

So sweet. Our thoughts are with Eric, Collier, and the rest of their family!

— Lauren Cox

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