A couple of videos posted online by a Utah family are getting national attention and unintentionally bringing awareness to down syndrome.
This brother sister duo have a daily routine of singing #YouAreMySunshine Bo is 2 & has #DownSyndrome. He now knows 12 words because of the song. A video of them & one other from the #Heber family has gone viral. You won’t want to miss this story on @KUTV2News at 10. pic.twitter.com/EUiXkQaIvu— RaeAnn Christensen (@RaeOnTheNews) January 17, 2018
The videos are of the Gray family singing a song near and dear to their hearts.
It's now a daily routine for 2-year-old Bo and his big sister Lydia Jones to sing "You are my Sunshine." Lydia plays the guitar and sings, Bo will help sing along.
"It’s really awesome how he’s connected to music. I love seeing him smile, I could watch that every single day, it makes me always happy."
The song has a history for the Heber clan.
When those dark times came upon the family, "He was tied to oxygen and he had heart monitors and I would hold him right in this front room and I would practice that song over and over," Bo's mom Amanda Gray said. Complications from heart surgery, Bo ended up in the hospital in an induced coma, they used music to talk to him, "His hands start to move and his foot started to move and we saw it as parents bringing him comfort as he recognized, immediately he recognized that those are our voices." she said.
Bo, now just 2-years old, is defying the odds with Down Syndrome and can say 12 words just from singing the song, "These kids they are capable. You just give them the right resources. You give them the right amount of love and attention," said his father, Caleb Gray. "The world looks at disabilities and they kind of put them in this box and to see things like this kind of slowly take them out of that box that’s the cool thing."
Our affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah contributed to this story.