A dad from the UK is teaching his son to be proud of his scars and showing his support in a heartfelt way.

The day after his son's life-saving heart surgery, this supportive dad found himself in a tattoo parlor. He left with a three and a half inch tattoo on his chest, matching his son's scar.

He says it is to show his son Joey that he can be proud of his scars, especially after his eight hour procedure was a success.

The dad also had his son's heartbeat etched to the right of the scar, right over his own heart.