‘Where’s my hug?’ Military dad has heartwarming surprise for deaf daughter when he shows up her at her school during Skype session
- Amber Opperman, 13, thought she was Skyping with her dad from his deployment zone
- Once they signed off in sign language, Tech Sgt. David Opperman opened the door to the room and shocked his daughter
- Amber was so happy to see her dad she started hyperventilating
A returning soldier father had a heartwarming surprise for his teen daughter when he showed up unexpectedly at her school for the deaf on Wednesday.
Tech Sgt. David Opperman of Glenolden, Pennsylvania was chatting with his 13-year-old daughter via Skype while she was attending classes at Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.
Returning soldier David Opperman was having a Skype session with his 13-year-old daughter Amber at her school for the deaf in Pennsylvania – he shocked her by walking in the door
Opperman signed at his daughter that she had promised to give him a big hug – she was happy to oblige
Amber was so shocked at her dad’s appearance that she started hyperventilating, said her mom, Yvet
After a short tearful break from hugging, Amber went into for another one from her dad
Opperman, who had been deployed since October, signed off with his daughter, Amber, and closed the Skype session – only to appear in the door to her classroom, much to her shock and delight.
Amber’s mother says that her daughter’s deafness has made it even more difficult for her to be separated from her dad.
‘Especially for Amber being deaf – that’s her first actual separation that she’s known of since she’s been born,’ Yvet Opperman told ABC News.
Amber was under the impression that she was going to bring her mom into the video to surprise her dad, but the tables were turned when it was her father who waltzed in the door and greeted her.
Seemingly unable to believe he was really there, Amber looks a bit paralyzed for a moment – but then she jumps up and hugs her dad, all while crying and smiling.
‘She’s basically saying [in the video], ‘I can’t believe you’re here. I missed you so much,” Yvet said, translating her daughter’s sign language. ‘Me, I was teary eyed. I almost couldn’t control myself. It was an emotional day, overall.’
Tech Sgt. David Opperman and his wife, Yvet, staged a surprise for daughter Amber (middle) when he stunned her by arriving at her school from deployment without notice
Yvet said her daughter has asthma, and she was so excited to see her dad she started hyperventilating.
Appropriately, David had signed off the Skype session by saying ‘You owe me a big hug,’ according to Inside Edition.
When he saw Amber on the other side of the wall, the first thing he signed was, ‘You told me you were going to give me a big hug, so where is it?’
Amber was more than happy to give him several.