Watch This Cute Video That NBC News' Richard Engel Shared of Son Theo Taking His First Steps

Odette Odendaal
Sep 08, 2020
11:05 A.M.
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Baby steps are all it takes to get going, as NBC News correspondent Richard Engel proudly showed in an adorable new video he shared of his son Theo, who just turned 1. 


Chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, Richard Engel proudly shared the first steps taken by his son Theo, who recently celebrated his birthday.

Theo is the youngest of Richard Engel and his wife Mary Forrest's two kids born in August last year, and his family was present and camera ready to capture the special moment.

Richard Engel during an interview on October 25, 2013. | Source: Getty Images.


Sharing the happy event with his followers on social media, Engel posted a short clip of the big moment. One second, dad Engel held little Theo before he took off towards his mom and older brother with a surefootedness that had them all in glee.

"And this happened today! Baby steps. Go, Theo! Henry and @MaryKForrest cheering on," the dad of two captioned the adorable video. 


Henry turns five this month, and the couple previously shared what a different experience they have as parents with him compared to little Theo. Henry was born with a genetic disorder called RETT, and its a very rare condition that severely impacts physical and cognitive abilities. 

The disorder is also referred to as the MECP2 mutation, and it renders Henry unable to talk or walk. Sadly there is no cure for this rare condition, which is typically found in girls more so than in boys. 


Engel previously elaborated on the difference in being parents to the two boys, and the personal challenges that come with having one child develop normally while the other can't, as he said:

"We know why there is this differential. And it’s going to be hard to watch Theo pass his older brother in terms of capabilities."


Social distancing regulations due to the novel coronavirus pandemic made it hard to tend to Henry's special needs, and Engel said that he and his wife noticed how his condition deteriorated because he couldn't partake in the therapies they have him enrolled in.

Equine therapy brings Henry boundless joy, and he rides on a horse called Coco aided by attendants. The rocky movements also help strengthen Henry's core, while astronaut therapy has him experience a mild centrifugal force. 

The pandemic also brought tragedy to the NBC News ranks, as a technician on the "TODAY" show, Larry Edgeworth died after contracting COVID-19.

Mourning the loss of one of their own, Savannah Guthrie paid a special tribute to the staffer with a heartfelt message on social media.


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