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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma father is a new Sacramento Republic fan after the team posed for a picture with his son.

According to FOX40, Jon Guill and his family were eating at Spaghetti Warehouse last week when he noticed the team eating nearby.

Guill asked the Sacramento Republic coach if his son Justen could take a photo with the team.

Justen has brain damage from lack of oxygen before birth.  He cannot crawl, swallow or talk.

He was recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

“I don’t even know our Oklahoma City Energy, or any other team for that matter. But your Sacramento team just made me a fan of them for what they did here for our son,” Guill said in his Facebook post to the team’s page.

Guill said it warmed his heart when one player asked to hold the child because, “we have family and friends who won’t even hold him.”

The Guills family struggles were recently profiled in a New York Times article about military hospitals.

The family says Justen was in distress before he was born. In a lawsuit the family says the nurse warned the doctor that alarms from the fetal monitor kept going off, but it did not seem to speed up needed care.

Guill told FOX40 it took weeks for his son’s eyes to open and to grab a finger.  After 26 days in the NICU, he was able to go home.

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